Tuesday, January 10, 2012

In the kitchen...

I realize that as the 'cake chick' I really haven't blogged much about baking.

Honestly, I have been uninspired. But having a flock of 16 hens who are putting out
9 to 12 eggs in a day even in the winter is reason to find some inspiration and get baking.
Along with the beautiful weather this past weekend we had nothing going on for the
first time in a long time.
I perused one of my new cook books...
I'm not bragging BUT it happens to be signed by the author...
How could I not be inspired?
So I got baking.
I have made a lot of things in my day but never biscotti.
I gave it a whirl...
Terry(did I mention that I met the author? Oh yea I guess I did) says that the dough will be very sticky.  Well she isn't kidding.  I couldn't get the dough shaped exactly how I wanted because it was so sticky.  I will lay it out slower when I make it next to control the dough a little better.
I also baked it on my stone and did not use the parchment as suggested in the recipe. I bake on my stones all the time and knew I wouldn't have a problem.  The above picture is out of the oven before slicing it and baking the slices.  I was really wishing I had shaped that dough better, but as Julia Child says, "No apologies!"

Next was to slice and put back in the oven at 300 for 20 minutes on each side. I just put them in for 35 minutes and did not flip them.  Baking on a stone really makes turning things over unnecessary.

and then Viola! This was my coffee break this morning...
Cappuccino, thanks to my Tassimo and my Pistachio Apricot Biscotti.
and a nice view from my office window.
Thanks girls for the nice eggs to bake with!

7 comments:

Denise said...

yummy! Those girls are working hard out there!

rugosarosefarm said...

Looks delicious!

Janie Fox said...

dang those look great. i may be a bit jealous.

Theresa said...

Yum!! I used to make biscotti for Christmas...I forgot to make them this year!

They are a pain with two bakings--but worth it!!

Scribe said...

I really need to try biscotti... they, like scones, are so ME... but I have yet to step out of the box.

Nicole said...

Hey, that looks pretty good!

Bee Lady said...

I've made biscotti once. YUM. I love homemade biscotti.

Cindy Bee