Chocolate Dipped Hazelnut Biscotti

My housemate is quite the grammar stickler and as I perused through her bookshelf I came across a book on that very subject. Decided that it may end up a rather dry read and decided I should get a nice snack and drink ready pre-emptively.

Biscotti is one of those things that I really enjoy as in theory but somehow just never really make. Here’s the recipe for hazelnut ones – I find that hazelnut has a very distinct flavour that is very welcome on my palate after the recent onslaught of macaron batch after macaron batch made of almond meal.

125g self raising flour
125g caster sugar
2 small eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp orange rind
60g hazelnuts
100g dark chocolate, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 160 Celcius (fan forced).
  2. Mix all ingredients together and knead on a lightly floured surface. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour.
  3. Roll into a log about 25cm long and 8cm wide. Place on a baking sheet. Dough will spread so err on the narrow side or else you’ll end up with a pancake like item in the oven.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and slice into 1cm slices. Arrange on baking pan flat side down.
  5. Reduce heat in oven to 130 Ceclsius (fan forced) and bake for 8 minutes. Turn biscuits and bake a further 8 minutes or until biscotti is crisp and dry. Leave to cool
  6. Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second bursts in a microwave safe container, stirring in between each burst.
  7. Dip biscotti into chocolate and lay on grease proof paper to set. Store in an air tight container.
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