Barbara's milk chocolate biscotti
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Barbara's milk chocolate biscotti
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:06:58 AM. Recipe ID 32710. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Barbara's milk chocolate biscotti
 Categories: Cookies, Italian
      Yield: 6 Servings
      1    Whole blanched almonds; (7
           -ounces) skinned
      7 oz Milk chocolate
           ; (Heatter uses
           Hershey's Symphonybar)
  1 3/4 c  Sifted unbleached flour
      1 ts Baking soda
    1/8 ts Salt
    1/3 c  Unsweetened cocoa powder
           ; (Heatter uses
           Dutch-process cocoa)
      1 c  Granulated sugar
      4 lg Eggs
      1 ts Vanilla extract
  Toast the almonds in a shallow pan in a preheated 350- degree oven
  for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly colored, shaking the pan once or
  twice. You can tell when they are done by the strong smell of toasted
  almonds when you open the oven door. Set asid e to cool.
  Cut or break the chocolate into small pieces and place it in the bowl
  of a food processor fitted with the metal chopping blade. Let stand.
  Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa and sugar. Add
  about 1 cup of the flour mixture to the chocolate. Process for about
  30 seconds, or until the chocolate is fine and powdery.
  In a large bowl, mix together the processed ingredients with the
  remaining sifted dry ingredients. Stir in the almonds.
  In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla just to mix. With a
  large rubber or wooden spatula stir the egg mixture into the dry
  ingredients. You may think there is
  Now place two 20-inch lengths of plastic wrap on the work surface.
  To shape two loaves, spoon a strip of the dough down the middle of
  each piece of plastic wrap. Each strip should be 13 to 14 inches
  long. Flatten the tops. Lift the two long sides of the plastic wrap
  (hold them together as close as hands, press on the plastic wrap to
  smooth the dough and shape it into an even strip 14 to 15 inches
  long, 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide and 3/4 inch thick (no thicker), with
  squared ends. If the strips of dough are t hicker than they should
  be, the baked strips will not slice neatly.
  Transfer to a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for about 2 hours
  (or as much longer as you wish), until firm enough to retain the log
  shape when the plastic wrap is removed.
  To bake, adjust two racks to divide the oven into thirds. Preheat
  oven to 300 degrees. Line two large cookie sheets with baking
  parchment or aluminum foil, shiny-side up.
  To transfer the frozen dough to the sheets (the dough may still be a
  bit sticky; if so, it is okay ), open the two long sides of plastic
  wrap on top of one strip of dough and turn the dough upside down on
  the lined sheet, placing it diagonally on the sheet. Slowly peel off
  the plastic wrap. Repeat with the second strip and the second sheet.
  Bake the strips in the preheated oven for 1 hour, reversing the
  sheets top to bottom and front to back once during baking to ensure
  even baking. During baking the strips will spread out (7 to 8 inches
  After 1 hour of baking, reduce the oven temperature to 275 degrees and
  remove the sheets from the oven. Immediately, with a wide metal
  spatula, release a strip from the parchment or foil and place it on a
  board. Repeat with the second strip.
  Use a pot holder or a folded towel to hold one of the hot strips in
  place, and use a serrated French bread knife to cut the strip
  crosswise into slices 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide.
  Repeat with the second strip. Place the slices, standing upright, on
  unlined cookie sheets with a little space between them.
  Return to oven to bake at 275 degrees for 40 minutes, reversing the
  sheets top to bottom and front to back once during baking.
  Let cool and store in an airtight container.
  Per biscotto: 80 calories, 2 gm protein, 11 gm carbohydrates, 4 gm
  fat, 17 mg cholesterol, 1 gm saturated fat, 41 mg sodium
  After mixing and being shaped, the dough has to spend about 2 hours
  in the freezer before it is baked (it can stay longer). There are two
  bakings, which will total about 1 hour and 40 minutes. 

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Recipe ID 32710 (Apr 03, 2005)

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