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Biscotti Cioccolato

Author/Submitted by: (Dianna Vosburg - Consultant)
Servings: 0
Categories: Biscotti / Chocolate / Cookies / Desserts

5  ounces  --
1  whole  blanched almonds
1 3/4  cups  unsifted unbleached flour
1/2  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch
1  teaspoon  baking soda
1/4  teaspoon  salt
2  teaspoons  instant espresso or coffee powder
4  ounces  bittersweet or semisweet chocolate
3  large  eggs
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
1/2  teaspoon  almond extract
1  cup  granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Toast almonds in shallow pan for 12 minutes. Cool. Reduce heat to 300 degrees. Adjust racks to divide oven in thirds. Line two cookie sheets with foil, shiny side up. Sift flour,cocoa,baking soda, salt and espresso powder together. With heavy knife shred chocolate finely. Place chocolate in food processor with metal blade. Add 1/2 cup of sifted ingredients and process for 20-30 secs till chocolate is fine. In large bowl of elec. mixer beat eggs and extracts just to mix. On low speed add chocolate mixture, remaining sifted ingredients, and sugar. Beat to mix. Will be very stiff. Stir in almonds. Turn dough onto floured surface. Form mound. Cut in half. Flour each half and form into sausage shape 12" long. Place sausage shape on baking sheet diagonally. Bake two sheets at a time for 50 mins., reversing sheets top to bottom and front to back once to ensure even baking. Remove sheets from oven. Let cool 10 minutes. Transfer baked strips to cutting board.With serrated knife, cut strips on sharp angle into cookies 1/2" wide. Carefully place cookies, cut side up, on cookie sheets and bake again at 300 for 40 minutes, turning them upside down after 15 or 20 minutes, until cookies are completely dry and crisp. Turn off heat, open oven door and let them cool in oven. Store in airtight cannisters.

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