Tag: Biscotti

Working in an Unfamiliar Kitchen

I’m out of town at my parents’ home in Rochester, NY. My dad had a fall earlier this month and fortunately his injuries, while serious, are not as bad as they could have been. Prior to leaving home, I had made a commitment to make several batches of biscotti for a fundraising event on April 16th for Friends of Karen called “Bubbles and Biscotti.” This necessitated working in an unfamiliar kitchen. My parents have small galley kitchen and I used an oven and equipment I’m not familiar with. It was an enlightening experience to say the least. I have an electric oven at home and Mom has a gas oven. I use only light-colored baking sheets and Mom has all dark ones. She only has one spatula; it works quite well, which is surprising given its size and age!

Dark baking pan and the one spatula!

Dark baking pan and the one spatula!

Based on this experience, I would not recommend using the dark pans for baking biscotti. These pans absorb heat quickly and I found that the bottom of the loaf over-baked turning browner than usual and creating a thicker, tougher bottom. I wasn’t able to decrease the overall baking time by more than five minutes because the loaf wasn’t cooked through. I also had to decrease the time on the second bake, the biscotti browned quickly and it’s a little harder than I like. I also lowered the heat the next day, but it made very little difference.

Lesson Learned

Recipes give cooking times that can only be approximate. On the first try, it’s best to check early and be sure to note any changes on the recipe page.

I made the deadline, baking 13 batches of biscotti, with a couple of days to spare for shipping!

Blurry (sorry) pix of biscotti for shipment.

Blurry (sorry) pix of biscotti for shipment.

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