You Asked For It: Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti recipe

ELLEN FOLKMAN   |   Special to the Times

ELLEN FOLKMAN | Special to the Times

I would like a biscotti recipe that uses baking soda. I find the biscotti are crispier and less dry.

Geri Lucas, Oldsmar

Cindy Shea of Spring Hill shares a recipe for chocolate pistachio biscotti. It comes from Martha Stewart Living magazine. I would agree with Geri about the biscotti being moist but this is not as crispy as traditional biscotti. When I cut the log prior to the second baking, I got a lot of crumbling. I used a serrated knife but instead of using a sawing motion, I ended up just pressing the knife through the biscotti. A longer cooling time may help. The flavor was very good and it wasn't difficult to make. Serve it with pistachio ice cream for a nice dessert.

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Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for baking sheet

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking sheet

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 cup shelled pistachio nuts

½ cup chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl if necessary. Add flour mixture and stir to form a stiff dough. Stir in pistachios and chocolate chips.

Butter and flour a baking sheet. Transfer dough to sheet, and form into a slightly flattened log, about 12 by 4 inches. Bake until slightly firm, about 25 minutes. Cool about 5 minutes. Reduce oven to 300 degrees.

On a cutting board, using a serrated knife, cut biscotti diagonally into 1-inch-thick slices. Arrange biscotti, cut sides down, on baking sheet and bake until crisp but slightly soft in the middle, about 8 minutes.

Makes about 12 biscotti.

Source: Martha Stewart Living

You Asked For It: Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti recipe 08/30/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 9:18am]

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