D is for Dinner - Candy Cane Biscotti
Who knew that something as trendy as biscotti dates back to the Roman legions? In its seafaring guise it was gnawed on by sailors who called it hardtack.Today it's an Italian cookie you buy in a coffee shop for a lot more than it costs to make...
And biscotti has its seasonal side too. Today on D is for Dinner we're learning how to make candy cane biscotti. Marion May is the woman behind the Barrhaven Bites blog. You can find her candy cane biscotti recipe below, and more on her blog.
Candy Cane Biscotti
For glaze (optional)
Heat oven to 350 F. Combine butter and sugar in large bowl. Beat together with an electric mixer at medium speed, or vigorously by hand, until the mixture is creamy-scraping down the bowl frequently. Add eggs; continue beating until well mixed. Set aside and remove beaters from mixture. In a separate bowl stir together well, flour and baking powder. By hand, with a wooden spoon, stir flour mixture into sugar mixture and mix very well. Stir in crushed candy canes. (Knead in with your hands if necessary.) On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into fourths. With lightly floured hands, shape each fourth into a 9 x 1 1/2 inch round log. Place logs three inches apart onto a large, parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 18 minutes or until tops are cracked and ends just start to turn light brown. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 F. Cool logs for 10 minutes on cookie sheet. (NO more than 10 minutes or they will become very hard and you won't be able to slice them!) Carefully remove logs to a cutting board. With a sharp serrated knife (bread knife) cut each log into 1/2 inch slices [Discard ends] Arrange pieces on same cookie sheet, cut-side down.
Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, turning once at half-time (6-7 min), or until cookies are light golden brown and crisp on both sides. Remove from oven and place on a rack to cool completely. Makes 24 biscotti. (Keep parchment lined sheet to re-use for the glazing stage, if you wish.)
Place cooled biscotti on lined baking sheet. Mix together ½ c icing with 1 to 2 tsp milk and a few drops red food colouring to a drizzling consistency. With a fork, drizzle glaze over top in a zigzag pattern over the biscotti. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over top. Allow glaze and topping to set before storing in an airtight container for up to one month, or freeze for several months.