Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Test your teeth!

You hold your jaw after the first bite of Biscotti. Ok, nothing serious will happen unless your teeth are in bad shape. If you give the biscotti to your child who has a wiggly tooth, guarantee the child will get rid of it with this cookie. Ok, don't even try, your child will certainly carry a bad memory with the biscotti.
There is no mystery behind this crunchy and crispy biscotti. It is baked twice to leave such a feeling. An Italian cookie but more over looks like a slice of bread toast or even a family of rusk (Indian twice baked bread)!
Twice baked was the only time consuming part which postponed me to give a try. After all that is the key success for the uniqueness.
When I spotted a Savory biscotti-first I couldn't believe it (why not sweet always, huh?) and instantly loved it. Only thing that bother me was the amount of cheese, butter and eggs! I finally got the New York Times Post which is fair and easy.
This biscotti is perfect with bowl of soup, coffee, and even alone! The recipe has a great potential, you can add any spice, any hard cheese (except mozzarella), herbs, etc..
Try to bake this savory along with some sweet cookies for this Holidays, definitely it will hit the spot!
I haven't modified the recipe (except spice) but I did with my hand mixer. If you have a food processor is a bliss.

Savory cheddar Biscotti

Yield: 15 or 16 biscottis
Total Baking time: 50 to 60 minutes
Recipe originated from The New York Times

Savory cheddar Biscotti


All-purpose flour : 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (More for dusting the work surface)

Grated Cheddar Cheese* : 1 cup
Eggs: 2
Baking powder : 1/2 teaspoon
Salt: 3/4 teaspoon (I used sea salt 1/2 tsp)
Cayenne: 1/4 teaspoon (I used coarsely ground black pepper: 1/2 tsp)
*Any Hard cheese can be replaced except mozzarella
Can be flavored with sun dried tomato, herb, olive,nuts, but i guess need a little more liquid to bind (perhaps milk)

Method 1 In Food Processor

Preheat  the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Put the eggs and cheese in a food processor and process until yellow and thick, about a minute. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and black pepper and pulse three or four times, don't overwork the dough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead it until it holds together — it may be a bit crumbly at first. Shape the dough into an 8- to 10-inch log, transfer to the prepared baking sheet and gently flatten.
 Bake until the log begins to color and is firm to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes, then cut on the bias into half-inch slices. Lay the biscotti flat on the baking sheet and bake until crisp and toasted, 15 minutes; turn and toast the second side for another 10 to 15 minutes. Cool completely before serving.

Method 2: Mixie and hand blender

First pulse the cheese like a powder. I did in my mixie.
Next with the hand mixer, beat the egg first and add the cheese next, cream until smooth.
Add the spice, salt and baking powder to the flour. Blend with the egg and cheese mixture. The mixture will be crumbly.
Take out the crumbly mixture and slightly knead and form a log 8 inch long.
Bake the log for 20 to 25 minutes in a baking sheet with parchment paper/foil. Cool for 10 minutes and slice it with serrated knife.
Arrange the slice cut side down and bake 10 to 15 min, take out and flip the other side and bake another 10 minutes.


notyet100 said...

Ummm this looks so good,..:) feel like picking one,.:)

Priti said...

My DH told me same thing when 1st time I made biscotti ) ...looks yum n nice pics

Curry Leaf said...

Yum, I too think the biscotti are like rusk. Love the savoury cheesy one. High time I made these. :)

kitchen queen said...

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm awesome and crunchy and delicious biscottis with lovely step by step demo.

Poornima Nair said...

Savory biscotti does sound wonderful, yours look perfect!

Priya said...

Savoury biscottis looks pretty inviting, cant wait to give a try.

Spandana said...

Nice Biscotti... It sure must be very good with hot cream soups!!

Bong Mom said...

I am not much of a biscotti person but never had a savory one like yours either. Yum even with a toothache :)

Usha said...

Savory biscotti sounds fabulous, I have usually had only sweet ones! A must try and yours have come out perfectly :-)

ruchikacooks said...

Looks so good cham ka. I like it with some nice hot coffee! Send me some, cant bake it myself these days :(


sounds too good,nice recipe.

Nandini said...

Nice biscottis! They turned out perfect! Mmm...

Vandana Rajesh said...

Loved these crispy savoury treats Cham.Thks for dropping by.

hemalata said...

Yummy biscuits,looks so tasty.

Happy Cook / Finla said...

Love the idea of savoury ones and these look so so good.

DV said...

Savoury biscotti sounds wonderful! I'm going to try with some fresh basil, like u suggested!