I decided on a whim to attempt these this afternoon – we had just enjoyed an iced coffee and a simply enormous chocolate croissant at a café in Kew this afternoon and I was feeling inspired to make something a bit Italian – so I channeled my inner Nigellissima-era Nigella Lawson and gave these a try.
Not nearly as complicated as I had initially thought, as it turns out. Rather faff-free biccies (if one ignores the whole cut-into-slices-and-bake-again bit… But that’s not too bad, really). You just whip eggs and sugar into a frenzy, fold in some flour and bicarb and whatever flavourings you fancy and away you go. Almost all the recipes I found online used a pitiful-sounding few grammes of nuts or chocolate so I’ve beefed this up to 50g of each. Come on… One could lose 25g of almonds in an eye and barely notice.
Chocolate and Almond Biscotti
- 2 eggs
- 100g caster sugar
- 250g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 50g of almonds (whole, not flaked, ground or otherwise)
- 50g of dark chocolate (you could probably use chips here)
- Flavouring – zest of an orange or a lemon would be nice (probably optional)
Preheat the oven to 160 C (fan oven) and line a baking sheet with parchment. Roughly chop the almonds and chocolate and put to one side. Crack the eggs into a bowl, add the sugar and whisk (I used an electric hand mixer) until light and fluffy. Measure out the flour and bicarb and sieve into the egg mixture, throw in the nuts and chocolate and the zest and fold in until combined – it’ll be a sticky-ish dough.
Plonk onto a floured surface and roll into a sausage just shorter than your baking sheet and flatten out a bit and transfer to the tray. Bake for about half an hour or until lightly browned – it’ll swell up a bit but don’t be alarmed. Once it’s got this far, lift out to a chopping board and slice diagonally into 1cm-thick slices. Reduce the temperature of the oven to about 140C and place the sliced biscuits back on the baking tray (sliced side up) and bake for a second time to crisp up. Turn over after about 10 minutes and bake for another 5 minutes or so until nice and crisp on both sides and then place on a wire rack to cool.