Thursday, February 26, 2015

Orange and Dark Chocolate Biscotti

The world of blogging is one that grows every single day.  Although there are thousands of amazing blogs out there, there is still a since of community among fellow bloggers.  Even though we don't personally know one another, there's still a relationship that is formed through this one common interest.  To me, that is so neat.  So when fellow bloggers share something exciting, naturally we want to celebrate with them.

Tara, of Tara's multicultural table, is a fellow food blogger that I met through the secret recipe club.  She was planning to welcome a sweet, little baby girl in March.  But, as we know little one's come on their own time, and Tara's second little bundle of joy decided to come into this crazy world early!  So I want to say a big congratulations to Tara on the newest addition to her family!
In honor of Tara's second child a group of bloggers decided to get together to help her celebrate her newest bundle by having a virtual baby shower.  The them, biscottit.  Why biscotti.  Since this was Tara's second kiddo (bun in the oven) we decided to make a treat that needed a second bake.  Did you know that biscotti actually means second bake?  

I decided a biscotti that was completely decadent was necessary for this celebration.  And when I found this biscotti that was packed with bright orange flavors as wells as rich dark chocolate, I knew it would be absolutely perfect!
Believe it or not I've never had biscotti, let alone ever made it.  I don't have anything against it, I mean what's not to like; it's basically a crunchy cookie, in stick form, that's okay to eat for breakfast.  So honestly, I'm not sure why I have never enjoyed a piece or two.  So I was beyond excited when I found out the theme of this shower, not only so I could try my hand at making the stuff, but also so I could actually try it!
This biscotti is amazing.  It starts out just like a cookie; butter, eggs, sugar, you get where I'm going with this.  Then the good stuff is added in, in this case orange zest, juice and dark chocolate.  It's baked, sliced and baked again.  Then it takes a swim in a pool of melted dark chocolate.  This is was dreams are made of, and even better it's okay to have such decadence for breakfast.  You're welcome!

Congrats again Tara!  So excited for you and your growing family!

Orange and Dark Chocolate Biscotti

1/4 Cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 Cup sugar
2 Eggs
2 Tbsp orange zest
1 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
3/4 Tsp vanilla extract
1/4 Tsp almond extract
2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 Tsp baking powder
1/4 Tsp salt
1/3 Cup slivered almonds
1 Cup dark chocolate chips or chunks
6 Oz dark chocolate, melted (optional-for dipping)


Preheat oven to 350.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.

Place butter in a large bowl and beat on high until light yellow in color and creamy in texture.  Add the sugar and beat on high until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add the orange zest, orange juice, vanilla and almond extracts and mix until combined.  Add the flour and baking powder slowly and mix until incorporated.  Add the chocolate chips and almonds and fold in until evenly incorporated.

Divide dough in half.  For each half into a rectangle that is 2 inches wide and 13 inches long.  The dough may be sticky, so it may be easier to grease your hands before forming the dough.  Leave at least 3 inches of space between each rectangle.  Place in the preheated oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the bottoms are golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

Once the biscotti has cooled enough to touch, use a sharp knife to slice.  Arrange the slices cut side up and return to the oven and bake for 15 minutes longer, flipping the biscotti slices halfway through the bake time.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  If you are not dipping in chocolate, place in an airtight container to store.

If dipping in chocolate-
Heat the chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until chocolate is completely melted.  Add a tablespoon or two of shortening to thin out if needed.  Dip the biscotti and place on parchment paper until chocolate is set.  Store in airtight container.

Recipe source: Love and Olive Oil

Biscotti Baby Shower

Biscotti Bites from Nicole at I am a Honey Bee

Spa Water from of Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious


Lauren Everson said...

Thank you for helping me celebrate an amazing friend!
And yes, I think the best part about biscotti is getting to eat cookies for breakfast. Your biscotti turned out beautifully!

Renee said...

I love the "swim in a pool of dark chocolate" - what a great way to describe dunking. And what great biscotti too.

Camilla Mann said...

Those look and - I'm sure! - taste fantastic! Chocolate + orange = bliss.

SallyBR said...

Dark chocolate and oranges - is a match made in heaven for sure!

this was my first time making biscotti, and it's nice to have so many wonderful flavors to play with in the future...

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious said...

A classic flavor combo, and so, so pretty! Wonderful to be at the "party" with you!

Susan Pridmore said...

Your first go at biscotti turned out wonderful!!! I love the flavors, and your photos are beautiful!!

Tara said...

Thank you so much!! Your biscotti look absolutely delicious! I love the combination of chocolate and orange

Rebekah Hills said...

My mouth is watering a little... that combination sounds absolutely perfect!

Kelster said...

Loving all that dark chocolate! I need to make a chocolate batch.

Amy CookingAdventures said...

Looks delicious "biscotti twin!"

nicole @ I am a Honey Bee said...

Love hte flavor combo. They look great. Can't beat a dipped biscotti!

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