Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie—Lenox Almond Biscotti

Lenox Almond Biscotti in coin wrappersI didn't know biscotti were baked twice even though I've purchased my fair share of biscotti to go along with a cappuccino or latte over the years. Now, I can stroke biscotti off my list of things to try making at home, and I may never buy one again. Traditionally, biscotti are almond flavored, and this version has both almond extract and sliced almonds in it.

Tony Fortuna of the Lenox Restaurant gave this authentic recipe for biscotti to Dorie, and I'm thankful for that! Dorie also named it one of her top ten favorite recipes from this cookbook we're baking through.

Because they have a hard texture, they are best dipped in coffee or tea (or better yet a latte), then they absorb the flavor of your preferred morning pick-me-up and melt in your mouth, and before you know it you're digging into your Tupperware container for another hit of biscotti, repeating this motion until you run out of one or both.

Lenox Almond Biscotti in coin wrappers dipped in a lattePlaying Around
I wanted to play around with the shape of biscotti. I pulled out my trusty coin wrappers again as I did for the Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters. This time, with the urging of a friend living in the United States who can't get twoonie or loonie coin wrappers like we have in Canada, I wanted to try making them in the smaller penny, dime, and nickel versions to show that it's possible.

Of course, stuffing biscotti batter into the coin wrappers is time consuming, but it's worth it because they make the best dunkers! As well, after the first baking, some of the batter spilled out. But it's easy to trim these parts off. Then, I carefully unpeeled the coin wrapper and baked them for the second time until they were golden.

Lenox Almond Biscotti in coin wrappersHere's a great step-by-step article showing how to form traditional biscotti.

Recipe

Ingredients for Lenox Almond BiscottiYou can find the recipe for Lenox Almond Biscotti in the book Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or here or here. To see how the rest of the TWD group fared with this week's recipe, click here and then click on each blogger! Thanks to Gretchen from Canela & Comino who chose the recipe for this week.

Lenox Almond Biscotti in coin wrappersTasting Notes
I'm almost out of biscotti and will have to make this batch again soon. Mornings just won't be the same without a little biscotti dunked into my latte. I'm looking forward to playing around with the flavorings next time too.

Recipe for Next Week (October 21)
Pumpkin Muffins on page 13 chosen by Kelly from Sounding My Barbaric Gulp.

Gift Giveaway
I'm giving away a free 1-year subscription to Bon Appétit magazine. To enter to win, all you need to do is comment on this blog post. On Monday, October 20, I’ll randomly select a winner from all the comments that have been submitted on this post. I will email the winner and post their name in next week's TWD post. Have a great week!







81 comments:

Marthe said...

I love your round biscotti! The shape is very nice, the colour beautiful and they look extremely tasty!! I can see why you are already almost out of biscotti!

Meeta said...

Shari, these are the coolest biscotti I have ever seen. You've got to go commercial with them!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

marthe - They were the best biscotti I've ever tasted. Dipped in chocolate would be even better, I think!

meeta - Thanks for your vote of confidence! If they weren't so difficult to get into a coin wrapper, it might be a consideration!!

~Shari

Zoe Francois said...

You had me at the first picture of your round biscotti, what a great idea. Then I saw them dipped in the coffee and it became a need! Lovely!

Prudy said...

Those are so fun! I love how you play with your food to such great results.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

zoe - After your comment, I went to make another latte just to have another biscotti. Now I only have 2 left! It's all your fault!

AmyRuth said...

Shari,
Beautiful....what a great job! I thnk you may have another sideline selling those handy dandy little wrappers to us folks down here in the USA. Wanna share? I'll send my address with something in exchange for the trouble and expense. he he
Thanks for all the fun your share.
AmyRuth

PS I love the biscotti too!

Linda said...

I really love the non-traditional shape. That photo of the dunked cookie...scrumptious!

Lori said...

BRILLIANT. as always. I wonder if you could pipe the dough into the wrappers? i always wait for your posts with excitement. :)

vibi said...

Ask her to make a square, and she'll tell you HER square is hidden in the circle... just like Da Vinci's of course! Then... she won't understand why you can't see the Pi factor in her biscotti! LOL
As usual Shari... you're the one to look up to!
Bravissimo!

Jan said...

love your blog! the absolute best.... thanks!

Anne said...

Shari- your biscotti is absolutely beautiful! I love the shape and the creativity you add to every recipe. Thanks for the link about Dorie's favorites- that was a nice read!

Karen said...

I am intrigued by your round biscotti! I would have never thought of stuffing batter into a coin wrapper! They turned out beautifully!

rainbowbrown said...

Those are so awesome. And I agree, dunking in coffee is really the way to go.

Jules Someone said...

Wow! That's quite a bit of effort. They look beautiful.

EB said...

Those are amazingly beautiful! I've honestly never seen biscotti so pretty!

Katie Barlow said...

You are always so creative. Weren't the biscotti's so good!

landa said...

I absolutely love your presentation and your biscotti are fabulous.I love the round.

Engineer Baker said...

That shape looks perfect for dunking - I really need to try that shaping method out.

Peggy said...

I am amazed by your photos! Such creativity. I thought TWD was a baking club, but I have found that i have learned a lot about photography since being a member too! I have a lot to learn yet.
Great job and beautiful biscotti. LOVE the round ones!

Banjo said...

Oh wow, Love the Round Biscotti! What a great idea!

Lady said...

Your blog is delightful to read! It makes me hungry looking at it.

I love how you do the step-by-step recipe approach! And you have beautiful pictures too!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Always creating the most fun things on Tuesdays! Thanks for being an inspiration!

Madam Chow said...

Brilliant idea, using those coin wrappers! As usual, a lovely post!

chocolatechic said...

How cool that you made them round.

I wouldn't have the patience to fill the rappers. Didn't it stick to everything?

Mary said...

I love the shape...very cool. I loved your photos too! Happy Eating! Mary

kim said...

these are so adorable in coin-wrapper form ;) awesome pics! glad you liked the recipe!

Candy said...

Love the variation! These look delicious!

Katie said...

Wow they look wonderful. you are always so inventive.

Natalie said...

Very nice photos. I love looking at your blog!

C said...

WOW. I came here from foodgawker, being drawn by the picture. Not to mention that I initially thought that "coin wrapper" was some exotic type of dough that I'd never heard of (you know, like won ton wrapper or something). I really loved what you did with something so basic. Very cool.

Y said...

I love them! They look like biscotti cigars :)

~Kimberly said...

You are so creative!

Audrey said...

what a pretty presentation! These were so good.

Linda VanDewark Stoodley said...

Coin Wrappers! Paper Coin Wrappers to bake you biscotti and cookies in! That is toooooooo clever. Thank you for your very enjoyable blog and thank you for the coin wrapper idea. I love it and will definitely try it.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

These are fabulous! What a creative idea! They look both beautiful and delicious!

Flourchild said...

WOnderful! I really love the look of your biscotti.

Sara said...

Your biscotti are beautiful!

Stephanie said...

Your biscotti makes me wish I liked biscotti!

Dona said...

Brilliant! I'm going to borrow that technique.

karen said...

these are beautiful. i'm not a dunk things in my coffee type person, but after this post i might reconsider. :)

Tammy said...

cool shape! what a great idea!

dana McCauley said...

Coin wrappers - That's a great idea!

The Food Librarian said...

Holy Smokes! You are just too creative for words! I love the coin wrappers. Now you can say, I like the penny size.

Kayte said...

Beautiful take on this recipe. I love the idea of the round biscotti shape...you are so very clever, as always. Great photography. This is a "one-stop shopping" blog...it's all here each week!

Natashya said...

You are so creative! I love it.
And I am lusting after your glassware, so pretty.

Patricia Scarpin said...

I absolutely love the way you shaped these, Shari. Genius and pretty!

Melissa said...

Coin wrappers?! What a fantastic idea for optimal dipping!!! Gorgeous pictures!

Lynda said...

Those biscotti look so tasty. I want to make some this weekend. I think I will add chocolate to mine. I love your photographs. Lynda

Mary Ann said...

Very inventive! I love the shape, I think they are much prettier than the traditional way and it seems they would be better for dunking!

Lori said...

I love how these look. They are so classya nd inviting. I love your pics, the glasses and your new header. This blog is beautiful!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

prudy - I love playing with food!

amyruth - Sure thing. I could send you a twoonie/loonie version, but they work fine with the penny version too. Just email me your address!

linda - Dunking them was so delicious and fun!

lori - I'll have to give piping a try. There has to be an easier way!

vibi - Your comments make me smile!

jan - You're too kind!

anne - I enjoyed reading her top ten too and can't wait to try more of them.

karen - It was fun to try something different with this batter.

rainbowbrown - Coffee and biscotti sure go well together!

jules someone - It's worth the effort now and then.

eb - Thanks!

katie barlow - They were delicious! I can't wait to try different flavors.

landa - Thanks!

engineer baker - The ends that you trim off bake well too.

banjo - Thanks!

lady - Thanks for dropping by!

gretchen noelle - You're an inspiration, blogging from Peru!

madam chow - Thanks for taking time to leave a comment!

chocolatechic - It was messy, but that's kinda fun too.

mary - I have been happy eating them up!

kim - Thanks!

candy - Thanks!

katie - Thanks for stopping by!

natalie - You're so sweet!

c - I like your take on coin wrapper and how you thought of it at first!

y - They are better than cigars!

~kimberly - Thanks!

audrey - They were delicious!

linda vandewark stoodley - Definitely give it a go!

stickygooeycreamychewy - They were delicious and behaved themselves pretty well in the wrapper!

flourchild - Thanks!

sara - Thanks for dropping by!

stephanie - Too bad you don't like them, but you could try this technique with a different cookie batter.

dona - Sure thing!

karen - It's kinda child-like to dunk something into your drink, but delicious!

tammy - Thanks!

dana mccauley - Give it a try!

the food librarian - It's so much easier to use the larger versions, though!

kayte - You're too sweet!

natashya - We got those glasses in Turkey a long time ago, but they were a good purchase!

patricia scarpin - Thanks!

melissa - They work great for dipping!

lynda - They're easy to make and delicious. I like the idea of adding chocolate to them!

mary ann - They are definitely better for dunking this way!

lori - Thanks!

Thanks everyone for dropping by!
~Shari

Elizabeth said...

Saw these through Tastespotting and loved the creativity that you used for the shape!

Annette said...

I love your perfectly round biscotti! I loved these too. They're so good and easy to make. I don't think I'll ever buy one again either.

Piggy said...

Thanks a creative way of making biscotti. They look lovely. :-)

steph- whisk/spoon said...

i love the shape--what a great idea! do you get your wrappers from the bank? they must think you have a giant coin collection!

Mary Jo said...

that is so creative, great pictures!

hungry crasian said...

these are awesome and i will definitely try to make them soon, i think it's brilliant to use coin wrappers, very innovative, i love it

Pamela said...

Another fabulous idea, Shari! These look wonderful, all rounded out and eager to be eaten. Beautiful job!

Jess said...

Round biscotti...I never would have thought of this, but they are so gorgeous!

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

This looks so elegant and delicious! Your photo is gorgeous too, it makes me want to throw a tea party. :)

LyB said...

I really have to try baking cookies this way, that shape is so cute!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

I just can't get over how beautifully your biscotti came out - Brilliant idea to use coin wrappers. I'm thinking of trying that now too.

Rebecca said...

I've got to try your "coin trick." And thanks for the Dorie link! I had no idea this recipe was one of her favorites. Cool.

Jaime said...

wow i love the shape of your biscotti, how creative!

Amy said...

Round biscotti is a great idea! I love it!

Leslie said...

Great idea to make them in coin wrappers! Did you think about using a piping bag with a large round tip (or a ziplock with the corner cut off) to fill the wrappers? If you aren't using large chunks of add ins, it might be easier than trying to cram the dough in.

pinkstripes said...

I loved this recipe. It was soooo good and easy. I love your coin-wrapper biscotti. Did you use a pastry bag to get the dougn in there?
Your pictures are gorgeous. Yum!

n.o.e said...

How fun! A give away combined with a great post. The coin wrappers are a new one on me, but they make beautiful cookies! Your biscotti look delicious.
Nancy

Cathy said...

Oh my word! The round coin wrapper biscotti are the neatest things ever! I bet that was a lot of work, but they sure look beautiful! I had not realized that this recipe is one of Dorie's top 10 -- it is certainly one of my favorites so far. So glad that you enjoyed them too! I love how TWD forces us to make things we might not otherwise choose on our own.

Sabrina said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I love the shape of your biscotti! I am so going to have to try this! Thanks for the tip!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

elizabeth - I'm glad you came for a visit!

annette - They are so good homemade!

piggy - Thanks!

steph-whisk/spoon - I wish I had a bigger coin collection! Actually, I can get the coin wrappers at a dollar store here.

mary jo - Thanks for dropping by!

hungry crasian - The only hard part is getting the batter in, but fingers work.

pamela - We've eagerly eaten them all up!

jess - Thanks!

ari (baking and books) - These would be perfect for a tea party.

lyb - The Granola Grabbers were a little easier to make this way, but with patience...

rebecca - It was interesting to see her favorites, and I'm looking forward to the others.

jaime - Thanks!

amy - Thanks for leaving a comment!

leslie - I'll have to try a piping bag next time. It might be easier!

pinkstripes - I used my fingers, but I'll have to try a piping bag next time.

n.o.e. - Thanks!

cathy - It's my favorite so far! Although the Quintuple brownies are a close second.

sabrina - Thanks!

Thanks everyone for stopping by. I'm overwhelmed!

~Shari

Liliana said...

What a unique way to shape biscotti!

They look divine!

Carol Peterman said...

I have always loved the look of sliced biscotti, I think because I have never known anything but sliced biscotti. Round! And formed in coin wrappers! I love the creativity in this TWD group.

DG(At)DGoebel(dot)com said...

In the last week, the value of our dollar's turned pretty "Loonie," as well! Love your off-beat use of coin wrappers!

natalia said...

Ciao Shari ! I love your idea if the coin wrapper ! They are the best looking biscotti so far ! Thank you for visiting ! I loved your pumpkin pies as well and havin a pumpkin and a daughter (she is not yet five and I fear every egg she breaks, but this is the way to learn I think) waiting I might steal your chai idea !

Di said...

Neat idea to use the coin wrappers for these. They look great!

aleta meadowlark said...

I too love the shape of the biscotti. I do not believe I've seen that before. Major kudos to you, Miss!

aprilbapryll said...

I love biscotti, but I have the same problem with it that I have with Captain Crunch -- the roof of my mouth always hurts afterward!

Thanks for sharing!

Renée said...

Hi Shari! I just found your blog from your fellow TWD poster She's Becoming DoughMessTic. Wow! You are really talented! I just wanted to let your American fans know that they can go to any bank and ask for either quarter rolls or $1 coin rolls (the are about the same diameter) and they should get them for free :) I don't think they are as big as Twoonies but the should be close to Loonies. Cheers!

Candle Anne said...

We just started selling an Almond Biscotti candle yesterday and now I can't keep them off my mind. I've got to make some. I love your coin roll idea! Thanks for the recipe and tips on how to make them. Now I have to go look up that pumpkin muffin post you mentioned...