It is a rare treat for me to stumble upon some biscotti. A huge fan of the Italian biscuit, I do enjoy the crunchy texture and nutty flavor. While most traditional biscotti recipes feature almonds, I’ve recently been on a hazelnut kick.
Since this was my first go at it, I decided to adapt the recipe from Martha Stewart’s Almond Biscotti recipe. I swapped the slivered almonds for chopped hazelnuts and to really amp up the flavor, decided to swap 1/2 a cup of all purpose flour for hazelnut flour. Worked like a charm!
Martha’s recipe calls for no butter or oil and like most biscotti recipes are twice baked. There were quite a few negative comments following the original recipe, suggesting they had mistakenly left out butter or that it resulted in a terribly crumbly cookie that doesn’t hold it’s form.
They even made me a bit nervous about slicing the biscotti, suggesting a 1/4 in. slice would be nearly impossible to create given the dry and crumbling nature of the final product. And so I first did 1/2 in. cuts and once my confidence was restored, sliced those in half to achieve the beautiful 1/4 in. slice.
While it could have been the natural nut oils in the hazelnut flour or chopped hazelnuts, it didn’t prove to be a problem for me! The biscotti turned out wonderfully – both in texture and taste. Next time I’ll definitely be creating a chocolate glaze to dip them in – would be heavenly!
I made these last weekend and have been enjoying them every morning for breakfast with some hot tea. Such a wonderful way to start the day 🙂
Make a batch on the weekend and enjoy them all week long!
- 2 cups all purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
- 1/2 cup hazelnut flour (spooned and leveled)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.
- Add chopped hazelnuts and beat until combined. Divide dough in half and transfer to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Form each half into a 2 1/2-inch-wide, 3/4-inch-tall log. Bake until dough is firm but gives slightly when pressed, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through. Let cool on sheet on a wire rack, 20 minutes.
- With a serrated knife, cut logs into 1/4-inch slices on the diagonal and arrange, cut side down, on 2 parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets. Bake until biscotti are crisp and golden, about 15 minutes, rotating sheets and flipping biscotti halfway through. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.