Tuesday, October 14, 2008

{twd} hazelnut biscotti


I never understood why anyone would choose a biscotti when they could have a regular cookie instead. Leave it to Dorie Greenspan to change my mind. Her biscotti are crunchy and flavorful, and may just be my new favorite breakfast/dessert/snack.

I made a few modifications to Dorie's recipe--I replaced the almond extract with vanilla extract, and used only half of the amount called for in the recipe. I also substituted toasted, skinned hazelnuts for the almond slices. When they were cool, I dipped half of them in bittersweet chocolate. Now I'm only going to say this once, and you'll probably never hear it from me again, but I preferred the biscotti without chocolate. The flavor is just so perfect on its own that it really doesn't need anything else--except maybe a big steaming mug of coffee to dip it in.

Tuesdays are quickly becoming my favorite day of the week! Thanks to Gretchen of Canela & Comino for this week's pick. You can find the recipe on her blog.

17 comments:

kim said...

i felt the same way about biscotti. glad you liked these too! they look great.

Peggy said...

I loved these - glad you did too! Yours look great.

n.o.e said...

Oh, my goodness, I think we are the same person! My biscotti feelings mirror yours and I preferred my plain ones to my chocolate dipped version. I'll be making this recipe again...
Nancy

Cookie said...

I'm definitely gonna have to make Biscotti the right way next time and not turn them into cookies! :)

Gretchen Noelle said...

Hazelnuts & chocolate...now those are quickly becoming my favorite! Glad you enjoyed the biscotti!

Astra Libris said...

Oh my, I think you've convinced me to try biscotti too... I've always been of the same mind as you were, preferring regular cookies, but your biscotti are so beautiful, and your testimony so convincing... and the vanilla hazelnut combo sounds SO good!

Casasailer said...

Yours look awesome too! I got the mug from one of my favorite Etsy stores http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=82299

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StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Your biscotti turned out perfect! Hazelnuts were a great idea! I love them, but can rarely find them around here.

SiHaN said...

I'm glad you like it now.. The biscotti look and sounds divine!

TeaLady said...

This was a great recipe wasn't it. Your 'cookie' looks delicious. Great job on these.

Jaime said...

i've been converted, too! great job w/the biscotti...hazelnut sounds great

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

These look delicious - perfect for the morning with a huge cup of hot coffee.

pinkstripes said...

I loved, loved, loved this recipe. It was so good. Your biscotti looked great. Yum!

Erin said...

This looks great! I bet the hazelnut was delicious!

Heather B said...

Great flavor! It sounds delicious!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Another biscotti convert! Hazelnuts sound like a wonderful addition.

Barbara said...

I became a biscotti convert too! Wow, something that's better without chocolate -- now that's a rare thing!