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Chocolate-almond Biscotti

Author/Submitted by: Ketchum Kitchen
Servings: 42
Categories: Biscotti / Chocolate / Cookies / Desserts

Ingredients:
3  large  eggs
    Grated peel of 2 oranges
1  teaspoon  vanilla
1/2  teaspoon  almond extract
1 3/4  cups  all-purpose flour
1/3  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4  cup  sugar
1  teaspoon  baking soda
1/4  teaspoon  salt
3/4  cup  toasted whole natural almonds*

Directions:
Heat oven to 300 0 F. Coat a large baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray or cover with baking parchment. In bowl whisk eggs, orange peel, vanilla and almond extract. In large mixer bowl combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add egg mixt ure; mix just until blended. Mix in almonds. Divide dough in half. Form each half into a log about 12 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. Bake in center of oven about 50 minutes until set and crisp around the edges. Remove to rack to cool 5 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 275 degrees. Place logs on cutting board and with a serrated knife slice on the diagonal 1/2 inch thick. Lay slices flat on baking sheets, spacing slightly apart. Return to oven until dry and lightly toasted, 20 to 25 min utes, turning once. Place on racks to cool completely. Store in airtight container. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen * To toast almonds, spread in an ungreased baking pan. Place in 350-degree oven and bake 5 to 10 minutes or until almonds are light brown; stir once or twice to assure even browning. Note that almonds will continue to brown slightly after removing from oven.

Perfect with a steaming cup of espresso


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