Tuesday, July 3, 2012

TWD: Hazelnut Biscotti

When I saw that the next recipe was Hazelnut Biscotti, I was whatever about it. But then...the more I thought about making them, the more I wanted crunch. Everyday, I wanted crunch. I wanted crunch breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Crunch toast. Crunch bacon. Crunch sandwich. JEN CRUNCH!!! Though, nothing seemed to satisfy my crunch craving until I made the biscotti. 

They were fairly easy to make. The best part was blanching the hazelnuts. The purple foam and black water was spooowooooky.
During my first bake, there were warm hints of hazelnuts and sweet bread. MmMm...It also reminded me of the smell of popcorn, which I'm not sure if that's a good sign or not, but I like it! 
When they came out of the oven, the sweet smell of the cookie was abundant. Similar to when you stick your head in a box full of fortune cookies. Ok, I've never done that, but that's the first image that popped into my head when the first bake was done. 
Sadly, my two logs formed into one weird log. So, some of my biscotti looked like Super Mario Bros. clouds. Once, I started I slicing them, I had the theme song stuck in my head. There it is again! Doo do doo. Doo do do do....
The second bake took a lot longer than I thought. But they were worth the wait. I took a huemungo bite and with a loud crunch I was satisfied. 

These babies are also satisfying with some hot chocolate, warm milk, or black tea. If you would like to make some of your own (I'm not sharing), check out Jodi's blog, Homemade and Wholesome, and Katrina's blog, Baking and Boys. They were this week's hosts. Yay biscotti!

Here's a picture of my Super Mario Bros biscotti:


  1. I couldn't find the hazelnuts so I substituted pistachios. I am glad you were descriptive about the blanching process. I will remember it when I try out this process! Kristine

  2. what picturesque looking cookies! I was amazed with the water changing colour when blanching the almonds as well. :)

  3. Very cute post! Your biscotti looks great. I did not have to use the blanching tip because my husband bought some already blanched hazelnuts, but I am going to try it the next time I buy whole hazelnuts.

  4. Elegance!
    That could be the title of you picture - and your biscotti.

    ...I'd so much loved to see the cloud-ones!
    Thank you for bringing me down memory lane, when I used to play Mario Bros :-)
    Now I play with spoons and spatulas :-)

    1. Wow! Thank you! I hope you enjoy my updated picture. Hopefully, it will bring you more fond memories. :)

  5. Creative post! Made me chuckle. They did smell wonderful baking.

    1. Thanks Cathleen! I love smiles. I'm already hankering for some more biscotti!

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    1. Thanks Cher! Every time I look at that picture now, I hear the theme song in my head as biscotti biscotti biscotti...bis bis bis bis cot ti ti ti ti ti!!!!