Chocolate, Ginger & Almond Biscotti

almond, chocolate, ginger biscotti

I bake biscotti every Christmas (and a few times throughout the year as well) as they are so good to give as gifts – they keep for ages, aren’t too delicate so they travel well and are really versatile and adaptable, you can chuck whatever flavourings you like in there. Biscotti translates as twice baked, the dough is first shaped into a log and baked at a moderate temperature until it is risen and firm; the oven is then turned down to a low temperature and the log cut into slices which are spread out on a baking sheet and baked again until crisp.

ginger chocolate almond biscotti

Traditionally, biscotti dough contains no fat and the basic mix is simply flour, sugar and eggs to which you can add flavourings and spices and mix in dried fruit, nuts or chocolate. I went for one of my favourite flavour combinations – chocolate and ginger, there is a double hit of ginger, the dough is flavoured with ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg and I mixed in pieces of chopped crystallised ginger with chunks of dark chocolate and some blanched almonds.

ginger, chocolate & almond biscotti

Biscotti are very hard and crunchy which makes them perfect to dunk in tea or coffee for breakfast or a snack and also means that they keep well for at least a good few weeks, if not months. I will be giving  them away as gifts at Christmas along with some jars of homemade jams, jellies and chutney and some other baked goods (I haven’t decided what yet). Just wrap them up with some cellophane and tie with ribbon and they make a great addition to a hamper. And considering how easy they are to make, they look quite impressive too!

chocolate, ginger & almond biscotti

almond, chocolate & ginger biscotti

Chocolate, Ginger and Almond Biscotti

Ingredients:

  • 350g (3 cups) plain flour
  • 250g (1 1/4 cups) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 100g (3 1/2 oz) whole blanched almonds
  • 150g (5 1/3 oz) dark chocolate, chopped into chunks (or use chocolate chips)
  • 80g (3 oz) crystallised ginger, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, ground ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large bowl and mix. Add the eggs and stir until the mixture begins to form clumps, tip in the almonds, chocolate and ginger then bring the dough together with your hands, knead until no floury patches remain and the nuts, chocolate and ginger are evenly distributed.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal pieces; with lightly floured hands roll each piece into a slightly flattened sausage approximately 6x27cm (2.5×10.5 in) . Place them on the baking tray, well spaced apart. Bake for about 30 minutes until risen and spread and the logs feel firm, they should still be quite pale.

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Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack for ten minutes or so until cool enough to handle, lower the oven temperature to 140°C/275°F/gas mark 1. Using a very sharp serrated knife, cut the logs into slices approx. 1cm (4/10 inch) wide, slice the log at an angle. Eat the end bits for uh…taste testing  purposes…

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Lay the slices flat on the baking tray, you will probably have to do two batches, and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, turn the slices over and bake for a further 15 minutes until dry and golden brown, repeat with the second batch. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely then store in an airtight container. Keeps for yonks.

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22 Comments on Chocolate, Ginger & Almond Biscotti

  1. Ginger
    December 18, 2014 at 4:01 pm (2 years ago)

    They are looking delicious! I love biscottl … must get a cup of coffee, now!

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    • hannahhossack
      December 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm (2 years ago)

      Me too! Unfortunately I am supposed to be saving them for Christmas gifts…

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  2. Hilda
    December 19, 2014 at 5:49 am (2 years ago)

    That is a great idea for Christmas gifts. Now you have me wishing I had bought some of those pretty cellophane bags I saw the other day. Hope I can find them again.

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    • hannahhossack
      December 19, 2014 at 10:52 pm (2 years ago)

      I am really bad at spotting things that I like or think would be useful but not buying them and then really wishing that I had…

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    • hannahhossack
      December 19, 2014 at 10:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      December 19, 2014 at 10:55 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂 it’s one of my favourite flavour combinations

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  3. Loretta
    December 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve seen a couple of biscotti recipes on here today, and keep promising myself that I’ll have to give it a try one of these days. Yours look just perfect, love the ingredients and the presentation 🙂

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    • hannahhossack
      December 19, 2014 at 10:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂 they are surprisingly easy to make. I’m resisting eating them all so I’ve got some left to give away as presents…

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  4. dishofdailylife
    December 19, 2014 at 11:53 pm (2 years ago)

    These look wonderful!! I keep seeing great biscotti recipes…and I’ve been wanting to try making it. Pinning! Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe with us at Foodie Fridays. I’ll yum and share it too!

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  5. Jhuls
    December 20, 2014 at 9:59 am (2 years ago)

    I never had baked biscotti. I thought it’s baked, cut and ready to eat. Didn’t know about baking to rise up, cut them and bake again. 🙂 These are indeed so good as gift during the holidays. Thanks for sharing this at FF party. Have a lovely weekend, Hanna.

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  6. indusinternationalkitchen
    December 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm (2 years ago)

    These definitely will make as great gifts! Really interesting twist here with the ginger. I bet they tasted good! I definItely ned to try it soon! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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    • hannahhossack
      December 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂 they do indeed taste good, but I’ve had to try not to eat too many of them so I’ve got some left to give away! Happy holidays! 🙂

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  7. Gym Bunny Mummy
    December 23, 2014 at 9:46 am (2 years ago)

    These look delicious, your photography is stunning

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    • hannahhossack
      December 24, 2014 at 10:29 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂

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  8. Alison
    December 23, 2014 at 10:19 am (2 years ago)

    These look amazing, I have never made biscotti but it looks much easier than I thought

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    • hannahhossack
      December 24, 2014 at 10:30 am (2 years ago)

      Yes, they are actually quite simple to make 🙂

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  9. Cuddles and Crumbs
    December 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm (2 years ago)

    Biscotti is on my list to do but bever got to baking them. This post is telling me to make them pronto!

    #TastyTuesdays

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    • hannahhossack
      December 24, 2014 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

      They are very rewarding to make considering how simple they are 🙂

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  10. HonestMum (@HonestMummy)
    December 23, 2014 at 5:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Love biscotti and will make these sans nuts. Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays, Merry Christmas x

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