It had been a busy week, and making biscotti was a last minute thought before we left for our Mozambique holiday.
So, I have kept the chocolate volume un-halved in my version. And added some almond flour too.
My son did make pretty short change of these biscotti while we were away, but seeing as his days were filled with swimming, snorkelling and digging huge trenches in the beach, I wasn't too worried that he'd battle to fall asleep.
Plus they're loaded with dark chocolate (have I mentioned that?), and almonds - so they're essentially a health food...!
Recipe adapted from Jamie Oliver
Pre-heat the oven to 180'C
Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
200g cake flour
40g almond flour
60g unsweetened cocoa powder
175g caster sugar
100g dark chocolate
60 g raw almonds
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
zest of 1 medium orange
3 large free range eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
Sift the dry ingredients together.
Roughly chop the chocolate and the almonds.
Place all the above ingredients into a food processor and pulse several times; the chocolate and almonds should be in smaller pieces now.
Add the 3 eggs and vanilla, and pulse again until the mixture just starts to come together.
Remove from the food processor and mix by hand into a ball.
Divide the dough in two. Sprinkle a little caster sugar on your work surface and roll each half into a log approx. 28cm long.
Bake at 180'C for 25 minutes.
Remove from the oven, and allow to cool.
Use a serrated knife to cut the logs diagonally, into 1.5cm slices.
Place cut-side down on baking trays, and return to a warm oven (120'C) until dried out and crispy.
Cool completely before storing in a sealed container.
Try different variations - Jamie Oliver's recipe called for cranberries and pistachios; and I made a batch with a tablespoon of ground ginger instead of the orange zest.
Let me know what flavour combinations you use, and how they turn out.