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Christmas recipe: Biscotti

You can get really creative with this recipe. Cherries are called for here, but try using nuts, such as pistachios, or dried fruit. Homemade biscottis make a great, inexpensive holiday gift for the coffee lover on your list. Make some of these and add some local coffee and a mug.

Ingredients

3 1/4 cups flour, sifted

2 1/2 tablespoons of baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

5 1/3 tablespoons of butter

6 large eggs

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons of vanilla

Chopped cherries

8 ounces of bittersweet baking chocolate bar, roughly chopped

1/2 cup of heavy cream

2 tablespoons of your morning coffee 

Directions
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 2 cookie sheets.

In large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add butter. Rub mixture with hands until coarse.

In another large bowl, beat eggs well and add sugar and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture and cherries, mix until firm.

Turn dough out onto floured surface. With floured hands, divide dough into 3 loaves. Place on greased cookie sheet, bake for 25 minutes.

Cut into diagonal or straight slices. Place back on cookie sheets and toast if desired.
 

Meanwhile, cook the chocolate, heavy cream and coffee in a double boiler, stirring occassionally until melted. Dip the biscottis in the chocolate and let harden in the fridge. 

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