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I used to make biscotti all the time but haven’t really even thought about it years. It’s really a great way to impress people without really doing anything at all. I worked with a recipe I used to make back in the day from a book appropriately titled, well, Biscotti. Here’s what you’ll need:

¾ cup roasted almonds

3 tablespoons ground flax meal

9 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 cups unbleached white flour

7/8 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

For the almonds you can either roast them yourself or buy the already roasted and chopped variety. If you are starting with whole raw almonds just bake them on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees then let them cool and chop them. First, combine the flax meal and water in a food processor or blender for at least 30 seconds to get it nice and frothy. Add the extracts and give it one more whirl. In a medium size bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the flax mixture and mix until fully incorporated. You may need to add a few tablespoons of water (one at a time) if the dough seems too dry. Then fold in nuts, it should look like this:

On a greased and floured baking sheet arrange the dough in two log like formations about 1-1/2 inches wide and 12 inches long, like this:

Bake for about 50 minutes in a 300 degree oven, they should just be starting to look golden.  Take them out and let them cool for a few minutes so you don’t burn your hands. Reduce oven temperature to 275 degrees. Move the logs from the baking sheet to a cutting board (or if you want to totally ruin your baking sheet just cut them there, yes I am speaking from experience) and cut them carefully at an angle. They should look like this:

Return sliced biscotti to the baking sheet, on their sides now, and bake for an additional 20 – 30 minutes, flipping them once halfway through. Remove from the oven and let them cool.

At this point you can leave them be or slather them in chocolate, I prefer the latter option. If you’re with me on that just melt about ½ cup nice dark chocolate chips in a double broiler and spread on each biscotti. Allow the chocolate to set before eating, or not.

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