In the past, I've contributed madelines, rice pudding, scones, and more scones to our tea parties, but this week I went for something different - biscotti - because I've been dying to try a new recipe since that awesome hazelnut chocolate batch. I needed something a bit more subdued, though, to pair with tea rather than coffee, and in the midst of packing I came upon a Martha Stewart Living from last July. Lo and behold, in the back there was a recipe for Cardamom Biscotti. Perfect.
What follows is my version of this recipe. I haven't changed much about the ingredients (I did go with toasted amonds rather than blanced), but the instructions were pretty hard to follow, so I've clarified them here. Personally, I think anyone should be able to bake, not just people with the experience to know that "mix flour into wet ingredients" means to replace the whisk with the paddle attachment, then add flour a little bit at a time. Come on, Martha. You're better than that.
Cardamom Almond Biscotti (adapted from Martha Stewart Living)
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- a pinch of salt
- 3 3/4 ounces toasted almonds, chopped fine
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg white, for wash
- 2 tablespoons sanding sugar
- Put rack in center of oven and preheat to 325 degrees.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
- Pulse toasted almonds in a food processor until chopped fine. Whisk the following into the flour mixture: almonds, cardamom, and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar.
- In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and vanilla until foamy. Make a small indent in the middle of the flour mixture, then pour in eggs and vanilla. Mix with hands or wooden spoon until all the flour is incorporated, and a soft dough has formed.
- Lightly flour work surface, and transfer dough to it.
- Using as little flour as is necessary, roll dough into an oblong log. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with either parchment paper or a silpat. Flatten the log out by gently pressing on the top with the heel of your hand.
- Bake 25-30 minutes, or until the log is just the slightest bit golden and lightly cracked, then remove from oven.
- Lightly beat egg white and brush onto biscotti. Sprinkle log with sanding sugar, and place back in oven for 15 minutes.
- When log is golden brown and slightly hard to the touch, remove from oven and let cool on wire rack for 10 minutes.
- Transfer biscotti log to a cutting board, and cut into it at an angle using a sharp, serrated knife. The slices should be approximately an inch thick.
- Put a wire rack onto the baking sheet and arrange slices, flat side down, on the rack. Bake until crisp and devoid of moisture, 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool. Enjoy with tea.