Thursday, December 17, 2009

Biscotti - start to finish

Here is the actual start-to-finish process of one batch of biscotti... This was a batch of cinnamon hazelnut:

My stash of toasted and peeled hazelnuts (peeling & toasting them is quite a process, so I did a bunch all at once and just grab handfuls for each batch).

My crushed/chopped hazelnuts. After they're toasted they're pretty brittle, so I put them on one cutting board and put another on top and press down. No chopping necessary. After mixing the hazelnuts into the dough, I make one large lump and cut it in half to make two smaller lumps.
and roll each lump into a 12" log:

My cutting board comes in handy during the whole process. Here I have one log on the cookie sheet and am flattening it with the cutting board. I have found that this makes for a much more even thickness of the dough rather than flattening with my hands (I don't have a rolling pin, but that would work fine, too).

The flattened log on the cookie sheet in the oven.

After baking, they're sliced diagonally into 1/2" cookies and baked a second time - 5 minutes on each side.
Cooled and iced (these happen to be the chai biscotti from the post a couple of days ago - the cinnamon hazelnut biscotti gets iced with cinnamon milk chocolate)
Packaged - 2 of each flavor along with 4 pieces of Dark chocolate smoked almond sea salted bark (pictures of that process to be posted soon).

I think they're pretty sophisticated and impressive. I've been enjoying this much more than the years that I did truffles. I think the presentation is fantastic and holds up well in the car even while rolling around in the front seat with the guy who doesn't worry as much about presentation;) (the truffles would roll around and the presentation would be completely lost... as much as I begged him, Dave couldn't avoid it).
Dave and Carol have gotten some great feedback apparently. I think the biscotti are enjoyed and I think the personal delivery is awesome and goes well with the EJ philosophy. This year's client gifts are an epic success in my opinion!


Skooks 12:06 AM  

I am so completely amazed. Those look awesome!

Brenda B 8:24 AM  

Wow you've done an awesome job! Dave is lucky to have you!

Merry Christmas!!

April 9:22 AM  

Those are AWESOME!!! What a wonderful presentation!!!!! LOVE IT!

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