Orange Pecan Biscotti

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I was in a mood for Biscotti all weekend, but just didn’t have time to go about making them until Monday. Biscotti are surprisingly easy, but they require a bit of baby sitting and oven time to finish. If you want them for breakfast, you’ll want to prepare them the night before.

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Prep Time: 10 Minutes (longer if you have a 3 year old helper)
Baking Time: 50-60 Minutes in 3 steps.

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp butter, softened (I prefer Kerrygold)
  • 1/2 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Orange Extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 chopped Pecans
  • 1/2 cup of  Ghirardelli Chocolate Dark Chocolate Chips (for dipping)

Instructions
Pre-heat oven to 350° F. Line Baking sheet with silicone mat (best invention ever!) or Parchment Paper. 

2. In medium bowl, cream sugar and butter together, then add eggs and orange extract. Beat until throughly mixed.

2. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

3. Add wet ingredient to dry and beat until dough starts to form. Add in chopped pecans, and stir until fully incorporated.

4. Place the dough on covered baking sheet and form a log. I made this log about 6″ x 12″ for thick coffee shop style biscotti.  You can make two 3″ x 6″ logs for miniature biscotti.

5. Bake for 35-40 minutes until light golden brown. Let the biscotti log cool for about 15 minutes and then using sharp knife, form the biscotti cookies by slicing them 1″ for a large log, or 1/2″ for miniature sized.

Flip the biscotti on their sides and bake for another 10 minutes. Let them cool for a minute or two and then flip once more, baking for another 5 minutes.

Let them cool completely, and then dip bottoms into melted chocolate. Place Biscotti in the freezer until chocolate is hardened.

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate to avoid melting the chocolate until it hits your hot coffee. 

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I took these photos of some cookies I baked the other day. You can find the recipe on my other blog, here.

I’m happy with the first photo, the lighting is good. The other two are a little too grainy for my liking. I think my ISO was a little too high…But I like the Depth of field.

I like that I can find flaws in my pictures, because then I can find ways to improve them. I’ll be more aware of my settings the next time.

I want to experiment with more food styling for my next project. Check out this amazing Pinterest board of food styling. I had to follow it as soon as I found it.