My husband is Italian, so on our visits to Italy to visit his cousins, I’ve discovered much about Italian foods and traditions. I love them all and I love the Italian way of sitting for hours savouring a meal with the family gathered together around the table – no iphones!!!
Last year, I discovered this recipe for Chocolate Hazlenut Biscotti when I was making my Christmas baking gifts and I have added it to my ‘must do’ recipes for the festive season. They are delicious, easy to make and look impressive as gifts. They are also a different alternative to the usual truffles that I tend to make.
Preheat oven to 200C. Roast nuts on an oven tray for 10 minutes or until golden and skins are flaking. Rub well in a clean tea towel to remove skins. Chop coarsely.
Sift flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon into a bowl.
Combine eggs, orange rind and nuts in a separate bowl. Gradually add egg mixture to dry ingredients, stirring to form a dough.
Turn out on to a lightly floured surface. Knead briefly then halve. Shape into two 25cm-long logs.
Place logs on a baking paper-lined oven tray. Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven. Stand for 5 minutes.
Slice logs diagonally into 5mm-thick slices. Place slices on oven trays and return to oven for 10 minutes or until dry. Cool on a wire rack, then store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
- Sometimes I make mine smaller and a little wider for a change.
Wrap in cellophane with red or green curling ribbon or present in a Christmas themed box with a colourful ribbon and gift tag.
Have a wonder, safe and happy Festive Season!
Let’s Keep Sizzling!