Almond Orange Biscotti – one of my favorite Christmas Recipes!
from Theresa Begin of Shoestring Elegance
Here is one of my favorite Christmas recipes! I’ve been making these for the past three or four years and they have been a huge success with my family and friends. So much so, that last year for Christmas a double batch was my gift to my sister and her husband. :) So whether you are starting your holiday baking or just really want to add a yummy new recipe to your repertoire, these are delicious.
This was one of the Christmas recipes that, when I started, I must admit I was a little bit intimidated by. Which is just silly because it couldn’t be easier. I saw the bakers on that British baking contest show being given Biscotti as a baking challenge and thought, I can do that! You know what – I was right! They used all kinds of different combinations of ingredients and you can personalize this recipe to your own tastes too. I love the combination of almonds and orange together. I just think they are a marriage made in heaven, but if you like something else please adapt this to your liking.
However, if you are going to use almonds, may I make a suggestion, that I think makes a gigantic difference?! Don’t buy roasted almonds. Just don’t. It is SO easy to roast your own and then you are sure to get the flavor and freshness you like. Tell a friend you’re roasting your own almonds! They will think you are a gourmet! It amazes me how many people are surprised by this very easy step. Buy raw almonds at your local Sprouts or whole foods supplier. For this recipe you need at least a cup and a half, maybe a little more. I wait until they go on sale and stock up. They keep well and I roast what I need right before using them in my baking.
To roast your almonds, spread them out on a baking/cookie sheet in a single layer, place in a preheated oven at 325*F until you start to smell them. It’s heavenly! About 20-25 minutes, depending on how you like them. They will continue to cook a little after you have removed them from the oven so keep that in mind when you are checking them. That’s it! No salt. No oil! Nothing. You are using them for baking, so you want them to be simply pure wonderful roasted almond goodness!
Biscotti actually means twice cooked (or baked) in Latin. In fact, The word biscotti, in this sense, shares its origin with the British English word “biscuit“, which describes what American English-speakers refer to as a “cookie.
In modern Italian, the word biscotti refers to any cookie or cracker, just as does the British use of the word “biscuit”. The number of bakings or hardness is not relevant to the term. In America, the term “biscotti” refers only to this specific Italian cookie. I know. I’m a bit of a food nerd, but I love to learn! Have fun trying something new and stop back again soon for more of my favorite Christmas recipes.
Theresa Begin lives in Northern California, where she was born and raised. She is a Christian who loves her family and says, “I have been blessed with the world’s best parents!” She has three sisters and one brother, as well as 16 beautiful nieces and nephews who “mean the world to me!” She is “differently-abled,” and chooses not to allow her limitations to define her life. She loves to write and share her various projects on her blog, “Shoestring Elegance,” which came about as she discovered that living on a tight budget did not mean compromising on style. “Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 NLT