Week two of The Great British Bake Off and it’s biscuits with the fist challenge being Biscotti Biscuits. Biscotti means cooked twice.
A traditional Biscotti is normally made up of pistachios with white chocolate and cranberries but I have decided to go with a hazelnut and chocolate biscotti.
My Biscotti was made by mixing together flour and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl and adding orange zest, hazelnuts and chocolate chips. In a separate bowl I whisked together eggs and sugar until they were light and fluffy and then folded this into the dry ingredients. This was then all folded together to make a soft dough. I then tipped the dough onto a floured surface and shaped it into a ciabatta shaped.
The trick I found with Biscotti was to make sure it is not over cooked and to remember it will be baked twice.
When I had shaped the dough I then baked the Biscotti for ½ an hour and then left it to cool on a cooling rack. You must wait for the Biscotti to cool before slicing it into 1cm slices if you cut into slices before the cooked dough has cooled it will crumble. When sliced I then placed back in a cooler oven for 10 minutes.
These are nice crispy biscuits but I would add more chocolate chips next time. If you’re lucky to have some biscuits left they will store in a tin for unto three weeks.