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Biscotti Cookbook Update

First Bake - Ancho Chili Chocolate

I thought it was time to give a Biscotti Cookbook Update! We’ve been baking off the recipes in each chapter, as a final quality control check, and photographing them for the book. It’s been fun and I’ve had the pleasure of working with two fantastic high-school interns this summer, Caroline and Katie.

I’m very happy with the end result of four years of creating, testing, retesting, and re-retesting these biscotti. There’s been lots of tasting going on, too. I’ve taken many, many samples around to friends and family, even my hairdresser, and my husband has taken them to the office to share with colleagues. Many of whom have provided extremely helpful feedback and I’m very grateful. You’ll all be listed in the book – promise!

My dining room has become the biscotti holding area. All of my ingredients are either on the dining room table or a metal cart.

Holding Area for Biscotti Ingredients

I never realized there’s an extract for almost every flavor possible! This was an important find. Flavor dissipates during baking and since the biscotti are twice baked, a good dose of extract makes flavor pop.

A Bin full of Extracts

The finished biscotti are hidden in the dining room, though my husband managed to find them and eat a bunch before one of the photo shoots! Fortunately, there were enough left and I didn’t have to bake more. Need to put him in a room with a lock and key!

Finished Biscotti Ready for Photographing

I usually make six batches in one day, which takes a good four hours. Fortunately, I have double ovens. Each recipe is set up in advance to keep production moving.

Recipe Ingredient Line Up for Testing Biscotti Recipes

Here are some “action” photos from our Ancho Chili Chocolate biscotti.

Mixing

Mixing Biscotti Dough

Rolling

Rolling the Biscotti

Egg wash.

First Bake - Ancho Chili Chocolate

First bake.

First Bake - Ancho Chili Chocolate

Slicing

Slicing Biscoti

Second bake.

Ancho Chili Chocolate - Second Bake

Cooling is an important step, especially for gluten-free biscotti. The starches need to set and the soft, melty ingredients, like chocolate, need to cool and reform. That melted chocolate right out of the oven is lava-like in texture and heat!

Cooling Biscotti

Once properly cooked, the biscotti loaf slices nicely into individual biscotto and retain its shape.

It takes three days to complete a chapter, another day to temper chocolate and dip some of the biscotti.

Dipping Biscotti in Chocolate

Pack it all up, label it, and get ready for another day to shoot the biscotti.

Red Velvet Biscotti

We photograph outside on our screened-in porch, which provides lots of natural light. Lately, however, we’ve been holding the inventory due to very hot and humid weather. You just can’t think when the temps and humidity are in the 90s, and those little beads of sweat running down your nose are not conducive to styling and photographing!

Here’s a shot from Chapter 7 – Nut-Free Biscotti.

Shot of Chapter 7 - Nut-Free Biscotti

The goal is to have all the quality control and photography done within the next 30 days or so and then put the text and recipes into book format. Off to the publisher prior to Thanksgiving, then editing and indexing the final manuscript after the New Year. Ideally the book will be available late winter, 2019.

Still have to think of a title for the book. The basics are: Honeypie’s Recipes: 75 Biscotti Recipes – Sweet, Savory and Gluten-Free. Any suggestions?

Chapter 6 – Gluten-Free Biscotti

I learned so much making biscotti, but nothing has been more challenging that learning to bake without gluten. Here are the titles for Chapter 6 Gluten-Free Biscotti. See my post on the quest for good gluten-free flours, including a recipe for gluten-free Chocolate Peanut Butter Biscotti.

CHAPTER 6 – GLUTEN-FREE BISCOTTI

Almond Butter Biscotti
Apple Cranberry Walnut Biscotti
Bourbon Pecan Biscotti
Coconut Candied Lime & White Chocolate Biscotti
Cumin Apricot Biscotti
Fennel Orange Biscotti
Ginger Candied Lemon Peel Biscotti
Honey Sesame Seed Biscotti
Mocha Coffee Biscotti
PB&J Biscotti

Chapter 7 – Nut-Free Biscotti

This was a fun chapter to create. Lots of interesting and diverse nut-free biscotti flavors!

CHAPTER 7  – NUT-FREE BISCOTTI

Banana Split Biscotti
Candied Grapefruit & Thyme Biscotti
Caramel Sea Salt Biscotti
Chai Biscotti
Cherry Vanilla
Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Biscotti
Eggnog Biscotti
Ginger Biscotti
Gingersnap Biscotti
Key Lime Biscotti
Lavender Biscotti
Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti
Matcha Green Tea Biscotti
Molasses & White Chocolate Biscotti
Peaches & Cream
Peppermint Biscotti
Pineapple Biscotti
S’mores Biscotti

Chapter 5 – Savory Biscotti

Here are Chapter 5  – Savory Biscotti recipe titles for my upcoming biscotti cookbook!

CHAPTER 5 – SAVORY BISCOTTI

Bloody Mary Biscotti
Blue Cheese Biscotti
Cheddar Dill Biscotti
Chive Biscotti
Curried Raisin Cashew Biscotti
Falafel Biscotti
Four Peppercorn Biscotti
Jalapeno Monterrey Jack Cornbread Biscotti
Pesto Biscotti
Pizza Biscotti
Polenta Asiago & Black Pepper Biscotti
Porcini Rosemary Biscotti
Rye Bacon & Gruyere Biscotti
Tapenade Biscotti

Biscotti Cookbook Update – Chapter 4 Sweet Nutty Biscotti

 

Here are Chapter 4 recipe titles for my upcoming biscotti cookbook!

Chapter 4 – Sweet Nutty Biscotti

Almond Biscotti
Anise Almond
Apricot Saffron Biscotti
Banana Bread Biscotti
Blueberry Almond Biscotti
Candied Orange Peel Dried Cranberry Biscotti
Cinnamon Pecan Biscotti
Fig & Sage Biscotti
Granola Biscotti
Hazelnut Dried Fruit
Mango Toasted Coconut Biscotti
Maple Pecan Bacon/ Biscotti
Maple Walnut Raisin Biscotti
Passion Fruit Biscotti
Pear Biscotti