Sunday, December 18, 2011

Almond Biscotti

Now, it´s really time to start to bake your christmas cookies! That´s what I said to me this morning. For this year I have decided to not bake too much biscuits as it´s mainly me that eat them all. Here a cup of tea and some bsicuits, there a cup of tea and some biscuits... and alle the biscuits are gone... not this year. This year only the indispensable ones, those if we would´nt have them Christmas would not be complete. This means: Vanillekipferl, Schoggifrätzli, Nutmacaroons (not comparable, complety different to the french macarons), buttered chocolatebread and of course my Almond Biscottis that I love especially because they are not too sweet and because you can store them for some weeks. They are crispy and nutty, simply delicious with a cup of hot tea... The only difficulty is to cut them in thin slices before you have to put them in the oven a second time.
I think this year I have found  the best knife: it´s my electric knife. With it, the slices gets really thin and are more or less equal. But try yourself. One thing is sure: you need a very sharp knife. But lets go for the recipe.
You need (for 2 small, but quite long loafpans):
- 4 eggwhites (reserve them for 1 or 2 days in your fridge before using them. the result will be better. Don´nt ask me why... - ? -)
- 120 g sugar
- 1 Tbsp. vanillasugar
- 120 g all purpose flour
- 200 g almonds
To prepare:
1. In a bowl mix together eggwhites, sugar and vanillasugar until it forms peaks
2. Fold in flour and in a second step the whole almonds

3. Fill the dough in a small loafpan, armed with baking foil and bake in the to 150 C preheated oven for 35 minutes
4. Let cool down your loaf before you cut him in thin slices. Put those slices on a baking tray armed with parchement paper and put again in the 150 C preheated oven for about 15 minutes.
Turn the Biscottis after 7-8 minutes to dry on the other side. This way they will become delicious crispy.

I like to fill some Almond Biscottis in glasses as a little present when beeing invited for some Adventinvitation or as a surprise for the Adventcalendar.


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