The Italian in me loves a great cup of coffee and some sort of yummy carbohydrate to go with it, most especially Biscotti. It is yummy any time of day, but especially for breakfast, and since we are having a breakfast-themed potluck at work tomorrow I figured I would make Biscotti for my dish. I made it along with another dish for our last potluck and it went over pretty well, so I figured I would try it again. In case anyone shares my love for this treat, here is the incredibly easy, incredibly yummy recipe:
3/4 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped Hazelnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper
In a medium bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix together flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Mix flour mixture into the egg mixture. Stir in Hazelnuts. Place dough on baking sheet and shape dough into two equal logs, about 12 inches long; flatten to about 1/2 inch thickness.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until edges are golden and center is firm. Remove from oven and cool on the baking sheet only until dough is cool enough to handle. When loaves cool, use a serrated knife to slice the loaves diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices.
Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, turning slices over once. Remove from oven and cool completely. Store in airtight container.
Take to work for officers who have to be to work at 6am to enjoy with their coffee (or eat them all yourself, whichever you prefer).