Cardamom Biscotti

Crisp, mildly spiced twice-baked cookies make a lovely accompaniment to fresh berries and sherbet but are equally nice alongside a cup of tea.

  • Yield: Makes 30
Cardamom Biscotti

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2008

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Salt
  • 3 3/4 ounces blanched almonds, ground (about 1 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom pods, husks removed, seeds crushed (1/2 teaspoon)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place rack in center of oven.

  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt into a large bowl. Mix almonds, cardamom, and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar into flour mixture. Beat eggs and vanilla, then mix into dry ingredients until well combined.

  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough into a 9-by-2-inch log. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Press gently to flatten top. Bake until pale gold and lightly cracked, about 30 minutes.

  4. Lightly beat egg white, then brush onto biscotti. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Bake 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet on a wire rack.

  5. Transfer to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut dough into -inch-thick slices. Place slices, flat sides down, on baking sheet, and bake until golden brown and crisp, 15 to 18 minutes. Transfer biscotti to wire rack, and let cool completely.

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