Tuesday, October 14, 2008

TWD: Lenox Almond Biscotti


Have I mentioned my love for biscotti yet to all of you? This seems like a major lapse, because I love biscotti. In fact, not a couple days before these Lenox Almond Biscotti were picked by Gretchen of Canela & Comino, I had already made two different types of biscotti. Yeah, yeah, you haven't seen them yet, but I blame that on my current large backlog of posts and pictures of baked goods. But count 'em people, I had three different biscottis in my apartment at one time. That's dangerous.


Luckily, variety is the spice of life. These were a bit different from some of my good old standby recipes in that they called for butter and were a lot wetter once mixed. As a result, they spread like nobody's business in the oven. I'm glad I halved the recipe, because you definitely could not fit both logs on one baking sheet without collisions. Patting the dough into a log was no picnic either, even with my normal trick of dipping my hands in water so the dough didn't stick (seriously try it, the trick's genius - thank you King Arthur Flour).


But in the end, they definitely fulfilled my standards for biscotti. They were crispy, golden, and incredibly fragrant with the almond extract. Using slivered almonds meant that they didn't have as much of a crunch, so I might use whole almonds next time for a bit more nutty oomph. Oh, and needless to say, these were suspiciously examined by the guys on the floor when I brought them into work. *sigh* Well, they were definitely eaten up, although I did manage to sneak a couple end pieces for myself :)


Oh, and take a look at the pictures with my teacup - I had my window open and it was cold outside, so I sat there snapping away since I could see the whorls of steam. So pretty!


Last Week: Caramel-Peanut-Topped Brownie Cake
Next Week: Pumpkin Muffins

83 comments:

Erin said...

I love your tea cup; it is beautiful :) I am with you on a love for biscotti. I can't keep them around because it is too dangerous :)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

three types of biscotti--you could have run a coffee shop out of your kitchen! yours look great. i didn't think about the butter causing the spreading, but i think you're right...mine were flat as a board!

Judy said...

Love your biscotti and the presentations. I'll have to try the almonds ones next time.

Cristine said...

That plate is too cute!!! Great job!

noskos said...

Great looking biscotti! And I love your cup!!

Mike Spoodles said...

Excellent choice of book! I hear it goes well with biscotti!

Marthe said...

Your tea cup is lovely! I'm glad you liked the biscotti! I have to try them again: my biscotti were totally wrong the first time. Better luck tonight for me!!

Lori said...

i love those green plates!! and isn't it weird how the guys were so suspicious of these? what's with them. :) great looking biscotti!

Pamela said...

I love your tea cup! It's so pretty. The whole presentation is lovely with the biscotti. Looking forward to seeing what else you've made.

Prudy said...

Your tea cup and leaf shaped plate make this recipe look ultra special and cozy.

Rigby said...

Lovely biscotti :) How perfect, a steaming cup of tea, a book and a plateful of biscotti :)

Karen said...

Fun pictures! I have never been a huge fan of biscotti but I liked this! Love the pics with the tea cup!

Melissa said...

Great pictures! 3 types of biscotti?!? You lucky girl...

Di said...

Great pictures--I love the steam! =) The presentation is great.

vibi said...

Well, even if it weren't for your love of biscotti, aren't biscotti a perfect engineer cookie? I think so... with twice the baking and two different types of outcomes: the cake and the cookies, that's a lot to work around! no? LOL LOL
Beautiful biscotti, bravo!

Lady Baker said...

Great photo capturing the steam rising from the teacup..and that whole set up-the biscotti, the cup, the book....what a perfect way to spend some "me" time! I can smell the almond aromas from here! :)

Carla said...

Oh I see the steam! And watering your hands won't mess up the dough that much? I guess as long as they are not dripping, right?

Three kinds of biscotti? What were the other two? Guess I'll have to come back later when you get around to posting them. I, too, have a back log because all I did during my fall break was bake (with some cooking haha).

Peggy said...

beautiful teacup! Great biscotti. So professional looking! I bet they taste just as good.

Amanda said...

YUM!! Your's are shaped perfectly. They look great. Maybe you need experience to get perfectly shaped biscotti.

Megan said...

A lovely shot of steam - and the biscotti look great too!!

Kimberly Johnson said...

Your biscotti look fabulous! Great pictures!

Sarah said...

great job! i used the wet hands trick as well... :)

rainbowbrown said...

I have a pretty deep love for biscotti too. And coffee. And cups. And books.

Cathy said...

Glad you loved this recipe, especially since it sounds like you had your pick of biscotti this week! This is one of my hands down favorite recipes so far. If I make to to a ripe old age, I hope that I'll still be slicing biscotti logs, standing them up like a marching band, and hobbling over to the oven to bake those suckers. Your teacup picture is beautiful -- your biscotti look perfect!

Jules Someone said...

Very nice biscotti! My trick of putting plastic bags on my hands was not very helpful this go round. I used slivered almonds. I think they were a better choice than the sliced ones.

CB said...

Good tip about dipping your hands in water. I'll have to try that next time! I made a big mess. I was the biscotti dough monster from the deep. HAHA. 3 variations? wow! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Christine said...

I love biscotti and this was my first time making it. It is definitely dangerous keeping all of that around the house. Your tea cup and biscotti are beautiful!

Piggy said...

Love the picture of teacup with steam. :-) The biscotti sure tastes great with a cup of tea!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Great job on these! Wonderful steamy pics. Did the guys ever try them or just look suspiciously at them? thanks for participating!

Flourchild said...

Your biscotti is perfect. Great pictures and pretty dishes!

Natashya said...

I love the tear drop plate and the tea mug, so cute!
Wonderful that you made biscotti 3 times, you are a pro now!
Great job, my friend.

spike. said...

Looks good. This recipe made me realize I don't eat enough biscotti- so I'm taking a cue from you and your in house variety!

kim said...

you are a biscotti pro, they look gorgeous! i love your teacup and teardrop plate, too :)
also, that book is now on my to-read list.

Madam Chow said...

Caitlin, I really like how you're working on the composition in your photos (not that I'm any good at photography, but I can appreciate nice things!) And I totally relate to having too many delicious things to eat - I have my eye on a hazelnut chocolate biscotti recipe!

Audrey said...

I've never made biscotti before, so I didn't know it was unusual to include butter. But now that I'm a convert, I'll have to try other recipes and see the difference.

The Food Librarian said...

Your biscotti came out perfect! Mine, as you saw, were an exercise in interpreting the word "stand"! :) I love that green dish too!

chocolatechic said...

*blushing*

I ate the end pieces too.

Alwayzbakin said...

Your cup and saucer are so pretty! Your biscotti is too. I'm very jealous of the open window with the cold weather as I sit here in Florida with my air conditioning on!

April said...

That's a lot of biscotti, I hope you had plenty of tea and coffee to dunk it in! Love your plate and cup too.

Marie said...

OPhh, your biscotti look fabulous!!! Much nicer than my crumbs!!

BAKE-EN said...

Where do you get such cute props? That is the cutest teacup ever! Glad you like the biscotti too :)

Mary said...

I need to get to the store and find that leaf plate and mug...so cute! I think you should go to Biscotti Lovers Anonymous...three in the house at once might be a new record! -Mary

Erin said...

These look great! I love the variety you used. They look like they would be perfect with a cup of tea!

Mary Jo said...

can't wait to see your other posts on biscotti. great pictures.

Melissa said...

How beautiful!! You did a *great* job and I love your mug, too - very cute!

Tammy said...

lovely little plate - I want to make lots more different flavours too!

Jess said...

The biscotti look great - I think whole almonds would work well too. That teacup is just gorgeous - I think I'm going to go make some tea for dunking now (in a very pedestrian teacup, though).

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I'm with you on the Biscotti bandwagon. I baked two batches on Saturday and am going to do some more tonight (heeding some of your hints!).

pinkstripes said...

Your biscotti look absolutely perfect. And definately yummy. I like your teacup/saucer combo.

Amy said...

So pretty!! LOVE that tea cup! I really loved these...I will definitely be making them again soon! Maybe I'll give one of Dorie's variations a try!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Libby said...

The shapes in your photos are SO cute, they made my eyes happy!

Kait said...

Love the whirls -- pretty indeed. I'm definitely going to have to give this recipe another shot -- everyone else's turned out so well.

Fit Chick said...

Great biscotti and I love your tea cup and saucer. Wish our weather was cold, lol.

Kayte said...

Only you could get that steam to perform on cue! Very nice touch this week...can't wait to see what you have up your sleeves for next week. Your biscotti look absolutely perfect and very delicious. I am going to have to try again and see if I can get even close to yours.

Oh, and btw, thank you for the lovely comment on my blog about missing me these past couple of weeks. My computer died...I now have a brand new one that I can barely use...but I will get it figured out soon. You are very sweet. I look forward to your posts always.

Carol Peterman said...

I love biscotti too. So much eating satisfaction in a good crunchy biscotti. I am with you on the whole almonds - it's the way to go.

Mary Ann said...

They turned out perfectly! Love the variations!

Candy said...

Love the tea and biscotti. I had never tried biscotti and was suprised just how easy they are.

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

These are perfect biscotti, just the right texture. Love the teardrop plate too.

Jacque said...

Ooooh, yours look fantastic! Glad you enjoyed them... and you're lucky to have those guys to unload your baked goods on :)

Karen said...

i loved this biscotti. i'm kind of addicted to it right now. yes, pretty steam whirls!

Prudence said...

OK, you!! I have to say that the steam coming out of your beautiful cup is AMAZING to me!! Great job. Your pics are fab and look delish!!

n.o.e said...

So, yeah, I ate the end pieces too. Um, and some middles. And I'll be eating more. These are really good, and I'm usually not a fan of biscotti. How did they compare with others you have loved?
Nancy

TeaLady said...

That cup is beautiful. Don't they always make the tea/coffee taste so much fuller. The biscotti looks yummy!!!

Jaime said...

i love your plate and tea cup! so pretty.

nice job w/the biscotti - i've never made biscotti before, but isn't it supposed to spread a lot? or do other recipes not spread as much (but you have to shape them differently??)

Liz said...

I love your pictures! The setup and the china is absolutely beautiful. (And the biscotti ain't bad, either.)

Jude said...

Can't keep my eyes off of the teacup. I want it. I'll trade you brett favre for it.

Jodie said...

I love that leaf plate. This is the first blog I've read that the author said they loved biscotti before this recipe! Yours looks great!

LyB said...

That little leaf plate is just the cutest thing ever! Looking at your pictures is making me want to curl up in a comfy chair with a good book, a cup of coffee and one or three biscotti! :)

Carmen Cooks said...

Ooh, I love the butterfly cup! Your biscotti are so perfectly shaped. I was too impatient to spend too long shaping my logs (plus, it was so sticky - I will hvae to try the water trick next time!) so mine came out pretty wonky, but as you said - these were pretty delicious with that lovely almond flavor.

Teanna said...

Seriously.. biscotti are the BEST. Best, best, best. Yours look fantastic... and the ends were my favorite part!

whats4supper said...

Nice job with everyt!hing!!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I love your biscotti and your photos! Both are lovely! I'm anxious to do more experimenting with this recipe too - and I never even liked biscotti before this! ;)

Melissa said...

these look delish! I used sliced almonds and they were perfect. I heart biscotti.

AmyRuth said...

Love the whirly whirly steam!! Very spooky capture.
: ) Seriously nice post and beautilful photos as well.
I was never curious enough about biscotti to try, so glad for this selection, because I'm a fan now. Can't wait to read more about your biscotti. I'll come back for a visit.
AmyRuth

bakingwiththeboys said...

Suspicous eyes aren't the true test. They were gone and that is all the proof you need. I liked these as well.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Those whirls of steam are great! I wish I had more biscotti around here. Sounds like you've had your fair share of it around there!

susan said...

ur tea cup is very pretty :)
and all ur types of biscottis too!

Anne said...

Wow- the steam looks wonderful as does the biscotti! Great job!

Kristin said...

Your biscotti turned out beautiful! I'm new to TWD and your blog caught my eye because I too am a chemical engineer.

Liliana said...

I am also a biscotti lover!
I always bake a double batch because they don't last long at our house.

Great pictures, lovely tea cup!

Amanda said...

Your biscotti turned out beautiful! I'm glad I made this recipe, I will definitely make it again :)

Heather B said...

wow...3 types?? You are a biscotti baking queen! Great job!

Andrea said...

Caitlin, I use the bakers trick of a touch of vegetable oil on my hands. Even better for non stick. Works a treat with high hydration breads.
I too love the biscotti! Well done you.