So let me start by enlightening my dear readers with the ' 2 go ' next to the title of this post. Basically I made these Oh my gawd delicious biscotti to take with me in an airtight container to university. Weird - I know, but since I don't really do store bought cookies I thought this will be a good alternative - till it lasts.
The recipe adapted from www.joyofbaking.com actually called for hazelnuts but my nut of the moment has been pistachio lately so I opted for them instead.
Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti
1) 4 ounces (125 grams) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2) 1 cup (215 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
3) 1 3/4 (250 grams) cups all-purpose flour
4) 1/3 cup (30 grams) unsweetened cocoa, preferably Dutch-processed
5) 1 tablespoon (4 grams) instant espresso powder
6) 1 teaspoon (5 grams) baking soda
7) 1/4 teaspoon salt
8) 3 large eggs
9) 1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) pure vanilla extract
10) 1 cup (150 grams) Pistachios, toasted.
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). To toast Pistachios: spread on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.Cool. Set aside while you prepare the dough.
2) Reduce temperature of oven to 300 degree F (150 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
3) In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine the coarsely chopped chocolate and brown sugar and process until the chocolate is very fine; set aside.
4) Sift or whisk together the flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl; set aside. In the bowl of your electric mixer combine the eggs and vanilla extract and beat to blend, about 30 seconds. On low speed mix in the chocolate/sugar and flour mixtures until a stiff dough forms, adding the pistachios about half way through mixing.
5) Divide the dough in half. Transfer to the baking sheet and drop the dough in the shape of a log using spatula , spacing them well apart (width-wise on the pan), and pat to even the shapes. Bake until almost firm to the touch, about 35 - 40 minutes (logs will spread during baking). Remove from the oven, place on wire rack, and let cool for 10 minutes.
6) Using a long spatula transfer the logs to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife cut the dough into slices 3/4 inch (2 cm) thick on the diagonal. Arrange the slices cut-side down on the baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Turn the slices over and bake until crisp and dry, about 15 minutes longer. Remove from oven and let cool on wire rack.