OK, I have a riddle for you today: What should you do when life hands you lemons... and walnuts?
Make biscotti, of course!
So, needless to say, I haven't been doing so well with the whole 'not baking for myself thing', but I don't care. Baking has become a habit of mine. I'm not sure when or how or why I allowed this to happen, but it's in my soul, now, or something. I can't explain it.
I just can't resist.
It's too good. Too comforting. Too magical.
Oh well, life is short, but sweet, for certain, right? Right. So, I say, 'YES' to baked goods!
Who's with me?
Anyway, this was my first time baking biscotti, and to my surprise, it was much simpler than I thought it would be- just time consuming. Alright, enough chatter. Here's the recipe (it's my own, so I hope you like it)...
|Nutty Lemon Biscotti|
3 2/3 c. flour
1 1/3 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
zest of 1 1/2 lemons
1 c. toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
1 stick butter, melted
juice of 1 lemon
1 egg yolk
1 egg white
3/4 c. powdered sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon
|Thoroughly combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, walnuts, lemon zest, |
baking powder and baking soda) together in a large bowl.
|Slightly beat the wet ingredients (butter, lemon juice, eggs and egg yolk)|
together in a small bowl, and add to the dry ingredients.
|Incorporate the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. |
This takes a while, so keep at it, and use those muscles!
|Gently knead the dough out onto a floured surface, and form 2 large logs.|
Evenly place the logs onto a lightly greased baking sheet, and gently flatten them.
Then brush beaten egg white on top of the logs.
|Bake the logs at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. |
Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely.
If they aren't totally cooled, they will crumble when you attempt the next step.
So, get the ants out of your pants, and just let them cool.
|Cut the logs, diagonally, into 1 in. slices with a serrated knife, using a sawing motion.|
Return the cookies to the baking sheet, and bake for another 7-10 minutes, until crisp.
|Create the glaze by mixing the lemon juice and powdered sugar together in a measuring cup.|
Drizzle the mixture over the cooled biscotti and allow to dry.
I recently joked with my friend, Laura, about my 'steady diet of biscotti' on Twitter. But I wasn't joking, really. I pretty much ate the entire batch of these babies myself.
I ate them for breakfast, for dessert, for lunch, for boredom, for dinner, for 'eh, yea I could eat', for snack, for mood boosting, for midnight snack, and for (insert any other reason for binging on baked goods here)... I am not proud of this, but that's how delicious they were.