Crunchy Orange Biscotti

For years, hot tea has been one of my favorite comfort foods…err…beverages. Honestly, it reminds me of my mom. (Hi, mom!) She introduced me to my favorite kind of tea and taught me how to make the perfect cup of hot tea.  What better to go with a warm and soothing cup of tea (or coffee, my second love) than a yummy biscotti?

This was my first attempt at biscotti, and I wanted something simple. Not a lot of nuts, dried fruit or even chocolate. You’re shocked, I know. So I took a look in my almost bare pantry and came up with this little gem.

These are not very sweet, but make a great accompaniment to tea time with a slight hint of orange flavor. Feel free to also coat part of it in melted chocolate, which would add another level of deliciousness.

Almond & Orange Biscotti

Inspiration came from this recipe.

Makes ~20 cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup almond flour**
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Zest of 1 orange (about 1 1/2 Tbsp zest)
  • 3 Tbsp coconut rum (OR 1 tsp coconut extract)
  • Chocolate coating or almond bark, if desired

**Don’t have almond flour? Just follow this recipe‘s first few steps & grind almonds only until they are finely ground.

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or by lightly greasing the baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another large bowl, beat sugar and eggs with an electric mixer until fluffy and pale yellow (~2 minutes).
  4. Add zest and rum. Mix well
  5. Slowly mix in dry ingredients just until combined. Allow dough to rest for 5 minutes.
  6. After it has rested, divide the batter in half and form two even logs on your baking sheet (about 9-by-3 inches each). Pop in the oven for 35 minutes or until lightly golden.
  7. Allow logs to cool 5-10 minutes. Then, using a serrated knife, cut each log crosswise into 10 diagonally-sliced cookies.
  8. Arrange each cookie cut side down on baking sheet and bake another 15-20 minutes, or until golden.
  9. Cool completely on a cooling rack before partially dipping into chocolate if you so desire.

Hope you enjoy them!

Question of the day: What is your favorite hot beverage?

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