Some exciting work commitment has brought me back to Italy for the last couple of months, and if ever I needed to reaffirm the love I feel for my home land, this time has provided just that. And more. Since moving to England first and then to Australia, I have only ever been back to Italy for a few weeks at a time, immersed in family gatherings and trying to catch up with all my friends at once. This time it’s been different. I’ve travelled, with the heart of an Italian but with the eyes of a tourist, trying to take in the simple and utter beauty of this blessed country, avoiding doing the thing that we Italians tend to do, taking Italy for granted. I have discovered, learnt, tasted and more importantly, I have fallen in love all over with my cultural inheritance. Ah, yes, and then there’s the food. The glorious Italian offering of exquisite produce, cooked simply and eaten with gusto and love for life. Mostly healthy, sometimes indulgent, at other times just downright opulent! These chocolate and hazelnut biscotti sit in the middle…one or two dunked in your morning coffee or afternoon tea won’t do enough damage to your waistline, but will still provide that often needed sugar hit!
INGREDIENTS (makes a lot!)
450gr. (4 cups) Self raising Flour
350gr.1 3/4 cups) Sugar
2 whole eggs
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste or extract (or the seeds of 1 vanilla bean)
1 tablespoon of milk
a pinch of salt
120 gr.(3/4 cup) hazelnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips melted
1. Beat the eggs with sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy.
2. Add the sifted flour, butter,salt, milk, then the nuts.
3. Shape the dough with floured hands to form into two logs and baked them in a medium oven for around 25 minutes.
4. Cool at room temperature for 3-5 minutes, then slice them at an angle using a sharp bread knife. You will notice than the inside of the biscuits is still a little wet. This is fine. Place the sliced, semi-cooked dough back onto the tray and into the oven and toast each side for about 5 minutes.
5. Cool the biscotti at room temperature. In the meantime melt the dark chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave. Drizzle the chocolate liberally over the biscotti. Ideally, allow to set before eating!
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13 Comments Add yours
How beautiful not just the biscotti but that you were able to go back to Italy and fall in love all over again with that gorgeous country, It’s my favorite place in world and I love it also!
Thanks for your message. Yes, this time has been special indeed. The fact that my boys have been able to join me has made it great!
A gorgeous recipe – the top shop looks like a piece of modern art 😀 – perfect with coffee.
Oh, thanks! yes, these are my favourite dunking cookies!
Grazie Pamela! You are always so lovely!
Looks like you’re having an incredible time Silvia! Beautiful recipe and now I know what to do with the bag of hazelnuts I got as a gift and was looking for some ideas…
Hi Laney! Thanks for your message! Yes, this time has been pretty special. I hope you are well.
Started craving these before I even finished reading the title!! YUM!
Ciao bella, are you in Italy yet?
Anything with chocolate, count me in!
And me! Hey, it’s a super food…
This looks amazing!! be sure to check out my blog 🙂 http://www.cucinanatalia.com