Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Life Is Better At The Lake

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Let's be real.  I cook pretty much every day, but I bake far more interesting things!  So let's catch up on some dang cute cookies......

When neighbors leave your quaint 'hood after 20+ years, you can't really be too mad when you see the gorgeous new house on a lake.  An amazing retirement home to share with all their new grandchildren!  So cookies were in order....

These cookies are proof that you don't have to slave away for days with intricate designs for a great looking platter.  Cute and easy, and I really like that there are some small cookies on this platter because a lot of folks want a sweet but not a big portion.

 So right around the going away party, a friend's daughter got engaged.  I knew I wanted to drop her off a little sweet something, so I ran with the colors I already had made, and I always keep an assortment of blanks in my freezer for occasions just like this.  The wedding has come and gone, and it was a stunner!  I know they are living happily ever after...

So 2 platters of cookies that utilized the same colors, same shapes and very different occassions and fonts.  All just a day in the life....
So, what are you waiting for?  Get in there and bake!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Anise Biscotti Dipped in Dark Chocolate

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Biscotti was made for dunking!

After a little time off and a new laptop (beer + technology = disaster) I am back. This is one of my favorite recipes, and I am currently tweaking it for a more fallish flavor...you know what that means!
 I have blogged a few biscotti recipes, and made many, many more.  The original Aunt Molly, a Lo-Fat Chocolate version, yummy White Chocolate and Ginger,  the ones I made for the Bloggable Wine Guy, and my mom's famous Doctor Biscotti.  They are all "good".  Aunt Molly made the best, and sadly even making her recipe, in her handwriting, they don't hit the nostalgia button.  I know what I remember, and I have yet to duplicate it.  Until....it was a typical Friday night in June a few years back.  There were hundreds of baseball games happening, and the most prolific umpire of all, and his son were out officiating.  The princess was busy with her social calendar and I, alone,  headed to the kitchen.  I had gone through a pile of magazines headed for the trash and tore out the things I thought I should try.  And there in all it's wintery goodness, snowflake background and all, was a biscotti recipe.  Why not.  It is hands down, the very, very best biscotti ever.  Period.  End of story.

Needless to say, I didn't follow the recipe from Cooking Light November 2007, exactly, but here's how it went down.  Now remember, this is my biscotti.  It may not be the one you love, but my family is sold and so am I!

Dark Chocolate Dipped Anise Biscotti

1 cup flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon anise extract
2 Tablespoons butter, unsalted, softened
2 eggs

3 ounces premium dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 350º.  Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.   Whisk to combine.  Beat butter and sugar in a separate bowl with a mixer, until blended.  Add eggs and anise, beat well.  Add flour mixture, mix until blended.  Turn onto lightly floured surface and knead.  Shape into long log.  Bake on greased sheet or Silpat covered sheet.  Bake about 40 minutes.  Cool on rack and reduce oven temp to 300º.  Slice and place cut side down and bake again for about 10 minutes on each side.  Cool completely on racks.

Heat chocolate in double boiler or in micro until smooth.  Dip or spread onto cookies,  just on one side.  Allow to harden before storing in airtight container in cool place.  Make an espresso and call me over for 3 o'clock coffee!  Makes about 2 dozen.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get in there and bake!