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BoardWalk Bakery: Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti


Chocolate Dipped Almond Biscotti

BoardWalk Bakery, Boardwalk Resort

Makes 36 biscotti

3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 teaspoons almond extract
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 cup almonds, toasted





Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, almond extract and lemon and orange zest, and beat until the mixture is combined (it will be soupy and a bit lumpy).

Add half the flour mixture and beat until it is just combined. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the remaining flour mixture and the nuts. Shape the dough into two 15 x 3 1/2- x 1/2 inch logs and place them on the cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Bake 32 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 hours.

Using a long serrated knife slice the logs diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange cut side down on a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 7 minutes. Flip the biscotti over and bake an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Double Chocolate Coating:
6 ounces high quality bittersweet chocolate
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ounces white chocolate

Melt the bittersweet chocolate and butter in a double boiler over gently simmering water (or melt in a microwave, stirring every 15 seconds until nearly melted, then remove and stir until fully melted). Dip half of each biscotto in chocolate, then let dry on a cooling rack.

Melt white chocolate in a double boiler over gently simmering water (or melt in a microwave, stirring every 15 seconds until nearly melted, then remove and stir until fully melted) and place in a pastry bag with a cone writing tip (or in a plastic freezer bag with a tiny piece of the corner cut off). Drizzle white chocolate over the dark chocolate.

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