Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Scraps and Snippets ~ Vegan Almond Biscotti

Almond Biscotti

Preheat oven 350 makes 16-24 biscotti depending on size etc.

2  Cups flour

1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup applesauce
3 TBSP coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 Cup chopped, toasted almonds (chop and then place in 350 oven for approx 10 minutes)

Combine sugar, coconut oil, applesauce, vanilla and almond extract. Add salt, baking powder, mix well. Add flour and incorporate. Add the toasted almonds.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Form two long flatish loaves with the batter (like small bread loaf size) (Clearly, I was not concerned about the uniformity or looks of the biscotti. If I was going to make them for looks as well as function and taste, I'd make the sections uniform.) To make it easier (Oh She Glows, thanks for the tip) to cut your biscotti after baking, score the loaves. Cut through the dough every half inch or so.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Turn oven down to 300 and cool your biscotti dough for 15 minutes. Slice along the hash marks you cut into the dough, separate into long cookies, and lay the biscotti on their sides. Bake at 300 for 12 minutes. Remove and turn the biscotti to the other side. Bake another 12 then shut oven off but leave the cookies in the oven until they cool. The residual heat will continue to dry them out so they will be very crispy/crunchy.

When cooled, drizzle melted Vegan white chocolate chips over the cookies with a ziploc baggie with the tip sliced off, or dip the biscotti into the melted white chocolate chips and sprinkle with finely ground almonds.