This recipe is a return to what's best about Italy's biscotti. It's light. It's crunchy. And, perhaps best of all, olive oil biscotti is tasty without being sinfully indulgent. Each piece of biscotti is only about 60 calories, depending on your choice of mix-ins, as it doesn't rely on butter like other bakery goodies.
While this recipe is for the basic biscotti with cranberry and pistachio, use it as a template for any variety you can conceive. Just keep the mix-ins to 2 cups or less (or you may find the biscotti too chunky to slice.)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine oil, sugar and vanilla, and stir until blended. Beat the eggs into the mixture. In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Slowly stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture until well combined.
Divide the dough into two rectangular "logs," about 2" across, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Score. Bake for 35 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven, and reduce heat to 275. Let cool for at least 10 minutes.
Slice the biscotti on the diagonal with a non-serrated knife into 3/4" slices. Place the slices on their sides on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until thoroughly dry.
You can add any of your favorite ingredients in proportions no greater than two cups total. Just resist the tempation to use sprinkles and chocolate. The light taste of olive oil biscotti is best with fresh, natural ingredients. Try any combination of the following:
* Shredded Coconut
* Dried Dates
* Dried Cherries
* Crushed Banana Chips
* Slivered Almonds
* Macadamia Nuts
* Black Walnuts
You may also add a teaspoon of almond or other extract, grated lemon or orange zest, or a tablespoon or two of a savory ingredient. Dried lavender, rosemary or anise taste lovely with the basic recipe.
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|Serving Size: 1 Dozen (471g)|
|Recipe Makes: 3 Dozen|
|Calories from Fat: 443 (29%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 49.3g||66 %|
|Saturated Fat 9.3g||46 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 24.1g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 11.4g|
|Cholesterol 705mg||217 %|
|Sodium 1281.9mg||44 %|
|Potassium 962.1mg||25 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 232.7g||68 %|
|Dietary Fiber 9.1g||36 %|
|Sugars, other 223.6g|
|Protein 40.9g||58 %|
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Calories per serving: 1503
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