Chloe Tuttle, Innkeeper
1607 Big Mill Road
Williamston, North Carolina 27892
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2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4-cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs (if mixture is too dry you may need to add extra egg whites)
2 egg yolks (reserve the whites, you may need them)
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
1 1/2 cup slivered almonds (reserve 1/4 cup)
3/4 cup dried cranberries
Zest of one lemon or lime
Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Grease cookie sheet. Stir together flour, sugar and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. In another large bowl mix eggs and egg yolks together. Add vanilla, almond flavoring and 1-1⁄4 cup of the nuts, cranberries and the zest to the eggs. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stirring until just barely blended. You will have to use your hands and perhaps add more egg whites, or a wee bit more flour and sugar if the mixture is too sticky to form.
Grease a large, heavy cookie sheet. Using greased hands, form dough into three 4-inch by 9-inch (or thereabouts) rolls that are 2 inches thick. Mixture will be sticky. Using a greased spatula, gently place the “rolls” on greased cookie sheet, making sure the rolls are several inches apart. Press reserved almonds on top of the shaped dough.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the dough will hold together. Remove from oven and cool slightly. (You must not cool the biscotti too much because they will get too hard to cut). When cooled slightly, gently slide the rolls to a floured cutting board and gently cut through each roll at an angle into 1-1/2-inch pieces. Turn each piece on its side and place on the cookie sheet.
Bake again for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and turn each piece onto another side. If you prefer harder biscotti, turn biscotti and bake for 5-10 more minutes.
The biscotti will keep for several weeks if stored in an airtight container.
36 to 40 Biscotti
Serve with morning or evening coffee for dunking. Biscotti is also great with afternoon tea.
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