Friday, December 23, 2011

Mama Biscotti and the French "T" above our fireplace!

tonight, i put on my apron and i
become Mama Biscotti.
i was given the name by Chrislyn's friend
Agnieska!  i bake biscotti year 'round...
it's my comfort treat!
at Christmastime...
i traditionally bake the loaves on
the 23rd of December. i slice and toast them
into cookies on Christmas Eve 
 and  on Christmas Morning,
after the Cinnamon Rolls come out of the oven.
when the family wakes to the smell of  baked
cinnamon, almond and anise seed, it's officially
Christmas here on 34th street!
"Mama Biscotti"

in a large bowl...sift 5 1/2 cups of
flour and 1 tbl baking powder...i give it an extra
stir with a fork to make sure that the "bp" is
thoroughly mixed in!

in a 
bowl combine...
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
 1 cup (2 sticks) melted unsalted butter 
2 tbl Anise extract
2 tbl Anise seeds
2 tsp vanilla extract mixed with 2 tbl water
2 cups of coarsely chopped almonds
mix it all up with your favorite big wooden spoon!
crack 6 eggs...beat them with a whip or fork...and
add them to the mixture stirring with love and that big wooden spoon!
i start adding the flour and baking powder mix by sifting it
into the wet mixture...i dust the on top like a snowfall, stop and gently stir to 
combine...dust...stop...stir...repeat until everything is combined.  i love a snowfall in the kitchen!
the dough is ready
to be divided in half, 
wrapped with clear wrap,
and to be chilled for two hours!

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line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper.

shape each  half of  chilled dough into a log or loaf shape.

it should end up about 12 inches long and 2 1/2 to 3 inches wide.

set the loaves side by side making sure that there is about 3 inches

space between them

bake in a preheated 350 degree oven  for about 25 minutes...until the loaves are golden brown!

place on wire racks to cool.  once cooled, i wrap the loaves in tea towels

until  i am ready to slice and  toast them into cookies!

for the finale...

pre- heat your oven to 375 degrees.

slice the loaves with a serrated  bread knife...

place the slices side by side on a plain cookie sheet and toast for 

ten on a wire rack to cool. 

oh! i there's a ritual!... i have a fresh coffee brewed... 

i  am so ready for that warm first biscotti bite !

we don't have a mantle on our stone fireplace...but
there is a quirky little jagged stone smack dab in the center
where i always hang a wreath.

at Christmastime the wreath is made from Evergreens...

 {everlasting life and love} 

this year it holds

our sweet French "T"!
~ found here ~

Merry Christmastime!



  1. I'd love to be transported to your home on Christmas morning...just for a whiff of those lovely smells and a little bite! Thank you so much for the recipe...I'm not that well of a baker yet, but they sound SO good!!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Lynne!


  2. What time should I be there?;>) My son-in-law would love this recipe! Thanks so much- Merry Christmas morning to you~ xo Diana