Oh biscotti, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… your delicate flavor and crunchiness is a perfect balance.
When I decided to bake pumpkin stuff this past weekend, I was going to try my hand at pumpkin biscotti. I’ve made a wide variety of biscotti in the past but never had I even heard of pumpkin biscotti.
This is another recipe I didn’t venture too far off the path of. I found it on simplyrecipes.com and made minor alterations which I found to be perfect.
Pumpkin Biscotti Recipe
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- Pinch of ginger
- Pinch of cloves
- Pinch of salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup of pumpkin purée
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and spices into a large bowl.
2 In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin purée, and vanilla extract. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture. Give it a rough stir to generally incorporate the ingredients, the dough will be crumbly.
3 Flour your hands and a clean kitchen surface and lightly knead the dough. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper. Form the dough into a large log, roughly about 15-20 inches by 6-7 inches. The loaves should be relatively flat, only about 1/2 inch high. Bake for 22-30 minutes at 350 F, until the center is firm to the touch. (Feel free to also form two smaller logs for cute two-bite biscotti; just cut the baking time to 18-24 minutes.)
4 Let biscotti cool for 15 minutes and then using a serrated knife cut into 1 inch wide pieces. Turn the oven to 300 F and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes. Cool completely.
Biscotti may be still a tad moist and chewy, so if you prefer it crisp let it sit uncovered overnight in a dry space. Serve and enjoy.
Yield: Makes approximately 15 cookies.
VERDICT: These were so super yummy I am sure they’d look and taste great dipped in white chocolate but I like mine naked (as all biscotti should be IMHO). These were so well-balanced and they are going into my “Very Keep” part of my recipe binder.