Biscotti As You Have Never Seen Them Before!

This is a chocolate version of Biscotti, or Cantucci cookies. Usually made with plain flour and almonds, I made these wholemeal cookies adding chocolate, hazelnuts and spelt flour to the traditional recipe. I also tried using less sugar, but they didn’t taste as good.  These cookies go well with coffee and tea, and kept a tin box they last for a long time.

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Chocolate spelt biscotti with hazelnuts and almonds.

Ingredients

for 2 large trays of biscotti

150 g (5.29 oz) plain flour (unbleached all-purpuse flour)

150 g (5.29 oz) whole spelt flour

70 g (2.46 oz) hazelnuts, whole and some crushed

70 g (2.46 oz) almonds, whole and some crushed

3 eggs

170 g (5.99 oz) sugar

2 drops sweet orange essential oil (or some grated orange zest)

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

80 g (2.82 oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) finely chopped

1/2 tablespoon acacia honey

4 g baking soda

marsala wine to taste (or milk )

a pinch of salt

Method.

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1. Sift the flour with the baking soda and cocoa powder.

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2. Add the chocolate, the hazelnuts, the almonds and a pinch of salt to the flour. Stir well.

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3. Separately, mix two eggs, with the honey, the orange essential oil and sugar.

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4. Combine all the ingredients together and mix well, adding some marsala wine (or milk) if the mixture is too dry.

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5. Divide the dough into four equal pieces, roll into the shape of four ropes and then brush the dough with an egg.

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6. Bake at 190 ° C (374 °F) for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cut the cookies at a 45° angle, then bake for 5-10 minutes more at 190 ° C (374 °F).

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7. Let the cookies completely cool and store in a sealed tin box.

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Cantucci di farina di farro al cioccolato.

Ingredienti

per 2 teglie di biscotti

150 g di farina 00

150 g di farina integrale di farro

70 g di nocciole, intere e sbriciolate

70 g di mandorle, intere e sbriciolate

3 uova

170 g  di zucchero

2 gocce di olio essenziale di arancio dolce (oppure un po’ di buccia d’arancia)

3 cucchiai di cacao amaro

80 g di cioccolato fondente al 70% tagliato a pezzetti

1/2 cucchiaio di miele d’acacia

4 g di bicarbonato

marsala q. b. (o latte, a scelta)

un pizzico di sale

Preparazione.

1. Setacciate la farina con il bicarbonato e il cacao.

2. Aggiungete alla farina il cioccolato, le nocciole, le mandorle e un pizzico di sale. Mescolate con cura.

3. A parte, amalgamate due uova con il miele, l’olio essenziale d’arancia e lo zucchero.

4. Unite tutti gli ingredienti, aggiungendo un po’ di marsala (o latte) nel caso il composto fosse troppo asciutto.

5. Formate quattro filoni della stessa misura e spennellate la superficie con un uovo. Infornate a 190° C per 15-20 minuti.

6. Sfornate e tagliate i biscotti in obliquo (per dare la forma dei cantucci), quindi infornate nuovamente per 5-10 minuti (sempre a 190° C).

7. Lasciate raffreddare e conservate in un contenitore di latta ben chiuso.

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