Tuesday, October 14, 2008

TWD - Lenox Almond Biscotti

Lenox Almond Biscotti was chosen by Gretchen of Canela & Comino for this weeks Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. We'll start with a confession of sorts - I have never baked biscotti! Sad, but true and it sounded easy enough so I thought I'd give it a whirl. On the heals of this confession I need to post a WARNING .... the following photos are quite graphic and may be unsuitable for viewing by experienced biscotti bakers. Consider yourselves warned and continue reading .... if you dare!

Since I was biscotti newbie, I followed the recipe (ok, I followed the ingredient list) exactly as written. When it came time to form the cookies for the first baking, I deviated from the written instructions and I made two short loaves instead of two long loaves.



After the first baking, this was the result ..... please avert your eyes if you have delicate sensibilities.


Wow! They spread out A LOT more than I anticipated! My first instinct was to throw them away and start over but after careful consideration, I decided to forge on and see what would happen. These cookies were SLIM and experienced quite a bit of breakage when I sliced them and stood them up on the cookie sheet. I'm not sure what Dorie meant by standing them up "like a marching band" so this what they looked like before they went into the oven for a second baking.


I like the rustic look of my cookies! I had a hard time getting them to stand at first but I found that if I sliced the cookie, left the knife in place, and lightly pressed the slice against the knife, I had one fairly flat edge to stand the biscotti on. Here is the final result.

Not too bad looking and they tasted awesome! Now for confession #2 ... my coworkers are usually the beneficiaries of my baking forays but I only shared these gems with a few close friends! I ate a few (ok, perhaps many) and gave the rest to my official taste tester because he really really enjoyed eating them! I also dipped half of these in bittersweet chocolate but they disappeared before I was able to photograph them!

Thanks for choosing a great recipe Gretchen! Don't forget to check out the other TWD Bakers!

14 comments:

Gretchen Noelle said...

The final result looks great! I am sure they were tasty! Love your photograph warning - made me smile! Thanks for participating!

Peggy said...

yours look great! those puppies did spread a lot didn't they? I was shocked. I'll definitely make them again though.

pinkstripes said...

These do taste great! I love the look of your biscotti. This was my first time making them too and I feel inspired to make them again using one of the suggested variations.

Flourchild said...

Rustic is a perfect title for these biscottis..your so right my dough spread just like yours..HA! I was so worried when I looked at it in the oven..I thought it was gonna go over! Your end result is great!

Audrey said...

Lately, I've been really appreciating the fact that disastrous recipes turn out to be edible and enjoyable...it seems to be happening to me a lot! Weren't these good? Since these were my fist biscotti I only made a half-recipe (silly me) so I'm not sharing mine with ANYONE.

Candy said...

Yours look fantastic! I had to put another pan under pan when they spread.

Amy said...

They look great!! I can't wait to make these again!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Mary Ann said...

I think they look great! I was confused about the marching band thing too!

Jacque said...

I confess that I too, ate many. They were so hard to resist!

I like your rustic biscotti, they look delish!

Rebecca said...

Great job! I wouldn't have known it was your first time making these. They look delicious.

Jaime said...

great idea to dip them in chocolate! i don't think the shape matters as much as the taste, right? :) i, too, wondered how you'd get biscotti shaped cookies by making such narrow, long logs... but after baking them i realized why- they spread!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

They're so good on their own and after dipping them in chocolate I'm sure they didn't stick around for long!

n.o.e said...

The instructions were a bit challenging for us first-timers, but the taste really was worth it, wasn't it? Nice job, yours look great.
Nancy

Barbara said...

This seems to be a forgiving recipe -- so what if it spreads too much, it's still delicious! We loved them, too. I had no idea biscotti were so tasty.