Biscotti. I love biscotti. I don’t eat it thattt often, it’s not my go-to craving cookie, but the homemade kind- completely underrated.
I think the realization hit when I was lost in Italy land planning our honeymoon. I was like I have to go home and make almond biscotti this weekend. Very random I know. But when they were finished, I felt quite accomplished, and excited that I now had a stash of cookies for the coming week. (they last awhile in an air tight container)
I also liked that the ingredient list was a short one and all I needed to hunt down was almond extract. And by the way, imitation extract will not cut it- most of your grocery stores should sell both, but if they don’t have the real stuff then hold off and make the trip to a specialty store. Imitation won’t do justice with these cookies, they need the actual toasty nutty taste of the extract.
I used this recipe from the Joy of Baking- I didn’t end up dipping them in chocolate, which the recipe mentions at the end. I ran out of time but obviously they would have tasted even better with the melted chocolate. Well because seriously, what doesn’t taste better with melted chocolate?
These are extremely flavorful, super crunchy and have just the right amount of sweetness.
Roasted almonds pre-bake.
Cutting the cooked dough
If you know me, you know Billy and I have a love affair with Gemma at the Bowery Hotel. We love this restaurant. The décor has that chic rustic feeling going on that makes you want to cozy up with a bottle of wine and sit down for a long, leisurely dinner, which we do- quite often.
There are a couple of things on the menu I am partial to and we order every time we go but my dish, that I now travel from 86th street for (long ride down!) is their Penna alla Norma. Eggplant, ricotta salata and tomato sauce, and I am in pasta heaven.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! I’m so excited that as of 5pm, the next 4 days will be filled with lots of festiveness. I plan to spend it eating cookies, listening to Christmas music, being with family and wrapping presents!
It’s barely felt like the Holiday season to me, so I plan to fully submerge myself in it the next couple of days. May as well ride it out until Tuesday!
I’m heading out to East Hampton and anxious to go visit the Newtown memorial set up there. It’s such a sweet way to honor the lost victims and I’m proud of EH reacting so quickly with giving people a place to go pay respect. In situations like this, you feel so helpless, so something like this can help just a little.
I hope the next couple of days are filled with whatever makes you feel festive! And by festive I mean sprinkled covered donuts…