Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Biscotti with Lavender

It was time to use some of the dried lavender from the herb garden. Lavender lends a slight floral essence to these biscotti and the white chocolate on the edge adds a little extra sweetness to the not-too-sweet cookie.
Biscotti with Lavender
slightly adapted from Southern Living
PRINT RECIPE

Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh lavender
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
Beat first 4 ingredients at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat until blended. Stir in almonds and vanilla.

Using a spatula or lightly floured hands, shape dough into a 10-inch log on a lightly greased baking sheet, and flatten to 1-inch thickness.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Reduce oven temperature to 300°.

Cut log diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices with a serrated knife, using a gentle sawing motion. Place slices back onto the baking sheet. Bake at 300° for 20 to 25 minutes (cookies will be slightly soft in center but will harden as they cool). Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Place 1 cup white chocolate melting disks into a shallow dish and follow package directions to melt in microwave. Dip bottom edge of biscotti into melted disks to coat, scraping excess off by running on side of dish.  Place on rack and cool in refrigerator until hardened.

 And here is my boy seriously hoping someone will share their biscotti.

6 comments:

CatTales said...

A few years back, you sent John some of your biscotti. He has been a fan since then. This is really beautiful with the lavender.

Sharon - creativity and family said...

They look delicious! Your rather adorable dog obviously thinks so too. I really do need to get some new lavender plants for our garden. X

My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love your pictures! =)

Lavender is one of my favorite flowers. Your recipe sounds great!

Sandi said...

You are a pro!! All your post are beautiful and I love this one!! Hope to try it soon. :)

lindsey said...

This looks amazing Lorraine, I love to use lavender in cake recipes. I dont know if you get The Great British Bake off on USA TV. Its a baking competition where the contestants have to bake different cakes, breads etc. and each week the person who hasn't met the mark gets to leave the contest. Sometimes I think they must be quite relieved to leave as the tasks are so difficult. Well two weeks ago biscotti was on the menu and I think your biscotti would have won you 'Star Baker' :)

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my, those look scrumptious! Your little friend is adorable!
Lorraine, thank you for your comments while I've been away recovering from my heart issues! So kind of you to drop in and visit!
Have a great weekend!
Nancy

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