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Patrizio Biscotti

Author/Submitted by: Dallas Morning News: Highland Park restaurant Patrizio
Servings: 1
Categories: Biscotti / Cookies / Desserts

1/2  cup  butter, at room temperature
1  cup  sugar
2  eggs  sugar
1 1/2  tsp  vanilla extract
2  cups  all purpose flour
1/2  tsp  baking powder
1/2  tsp  baking soda
1 1/2  cups  chopped nuts

Combine butter, sugar and eggs, mixing well. Beat in vanilla. Combine flowr, baking powder, baking soda and chopped nuts. Add to the egg mixture. The batter will be very stiff and sticky. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refigerate for 1 hour or over night. With flored hands, divide the dough into two portions and shape each into a loaf about 12 inched long. Grease a 10 by 14 baking sheet. Place both loaves on the sheet, leaving at least 3 inches between them. Flatten each loaf slightly, as evenly as possible. Place in preheated 400 degree oven and bake for 20 min. or until firm to the touch. Remove can cool on wire rack slightly. Lower oven to 375. While still warm, slice the loaves into diagonal slices about 1/3 inch thick. Arrange on ungreased baking sheet and bake at 375 fro 15 mintues - do not brown. Var. Chocolate: basic recipe, adding 1 cup of cocoa powder and 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Banana: basic recipe, adding 1/4 cup banana flavoring (not extract) and use walnuts or pecans Cinnamon: basic recipe, adding 1/4 cup ground cinnamon. For the nuts, use almonds or pecans.

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