Monday, November 5, 2012
Mocha Latte Biscotti
You would think that by this point in my life, the "holy crap I am almost a quarter century old" point, I would make more sense, at least to myself. But, alas, it is not to be the case. I am still a confusing mystery, especially to myself. Here, let me prove it to you:
I am surprised every month on the 11th that my cable/internet bill is due. It just doesn't make sense in my head. Plus, I believe internet should be free. (But I think that's probably mostly because I am cheap...)
I like roasted potatoes with salt, lots of pepper and olive oil, but I make them very rarely. They're easy to make and quick, I usually have potatoes on hands, but I just don't do it. I don't know why.
I like fall and I love Thanksgiving, but am also terrified because it only leads to December. I do not like the cold. And I really hate the snow.
I am more excited to vote in the election this year than I was 4 years ago. I realize that I am in a very small, very strange minority. I only voted 4 years ago because my mom sent me an absentee ballot.
I did solve one mystery though, in my 287th month of life. I finally know well enough to not even bother taking pictures of chocolate dough in a log shape. It's just going to look like a giant turd and no amount of plating, special-spoon-using, or lighting tricks will change that. That's a start, right?
Mocha Latte Biscotti
Adapted from the GE website. I know it's strange, roll with it.
So, I actually got this recipe from GE's HealthAhead website. HealthAhead is the GE program in which they promote healthy eating, exercising, etc., in the hopes that we don't notice it's all for ulterior motives. I'm not cynical, it's truth. I am the oh-so-lucky HealthAhead champion for my site. It is as terrible as it sounds. But at least it will help explain why there may be increased blogging about HealthAhead recipes...
For a "healthy" recipe (read, super duper small portion sizes), these were good, as long as you ignored the portion sizes comment. I love my biscotti and had high hopes for these. It was chocolate plus espresso for crying out loud. My hopes weren't dashed, just pretty firmly let down. I mean, they were good, just not these. (Truth time: Ben and I finished the whole batch in less than 3 days with no complaints. I just doubt I would ever make them again).
2 c. flour
1 c. granulated sugar
1/3 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
2 tsp. espresso powder
2 tsp. hot water
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 egg white
Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat. Lightly sprinkle with flour.
In large bowl combine all dry ingredients, from flour to salt.
In separate bowl, mix together water and espresso powder until the powder has dissolved completely. Whisk in vanilla, eggs and egg white. Slowly add wet ingredients to dry, stirring carefully until dough just comes together.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface. With floured hands, knead a few times. Dough will be incredibly sticky. Transfer dough to prepared baking sheet and using your hands, shape dough as best you can into a long long, about 3 inches wide and an inch tall. Put dough in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Dough will be hard and lightly browned.
Remove log from baking sheet and let cool on wire rack 10-15 minutes (maintain oven temp). Using a serrated knife, slice log into 1 inch slices (portion control be damned!) and place back on cooking sheet, cut side down. Bake at 325 for 10 minutes, then flip biscotti and bake another 8-12 minutes, until biscotti are hard. Cool on wire rack. Enjoy with tea!