July 3, 2012

TWD Hazelnut Biscotti


I discovered Nutella when I was living in France as an exchange student and subsequently proceeded to overdose on the chocolate-hazelnut spread.  Until recently my aversion of the hazelnut had reached a point where I couldn't even stand their smell anymore.   So you can understand my misgivings when this week's Tuesdays With Dorie recipe was Hazelnut Biscotti.   


Admittedly I was predisposed to dislike the recipe from the outset, but was pleasantly surprised to find that I was premature in my assessment.  The biscotti were crispy and crunchy with a hazelnut aroma that wasn't too overpowering.   They're perfect plain with a cup of coffee but if you really want to gild the lily try dipping them in melted chocolate. 


Head on over to Baking and Boys or Homemade and Wholesome for the recipe.   One thing I found helpful - skip the part in the recipe where it says to remove the hazelnut skins by boiling the nuts in baking soda water.  This caused a huge mess for me.  Instead, toast the nuts in a 350F oven for about 15-20 minutes.   Let them cool and then rub the hazelnuts in a clean kitchen towel; the skins should come off pretty easily after that.

12 comments:

  1. What a lovely happy-ending story :-) ... you finally could make "peace" with hazelnuts...!
    This biscotti is amazingly delicious. I've tripled the dough at the very beginning to make 3 version and loved them all (too much)!

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  2. Even i thought of dipping them in melted chocolate but decided against as i put chocolate chips in my dough. I agree the recipe was surprisingly good and in my opinion, not too sweet!!

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  3. They look great glad you gave them a try.

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  4. Love the idea of dipping them in chocolate, since I drizzled them. Thanks for baking along, your biscotti looks great!

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  5. I'm so glad you liked them! We loved these, and I can't wait to try out other flavors!

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  6. I don't like Nutella but hazelnuts! I am conviced by the wet method


    Ulrike @K├╝chenlatein

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  7. I love your photos.
    Lisa

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  8. Nice way to get reacquainted with hazelnut - lovely photos!

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  9. Great pics. The biscottis look yummy!

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  10. Gorgeous pictures.
    I am not sure I could get sick of Nutella - I think my favorite drink is Nutella "hot chocolate" :-)

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  11. Dipping them in chocolate! That is what I should have done! Great job!

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  12. Isn't it nice when you discover you like something you thought you didn't? It widens the horizons. I made a mess the first time I tried this way of skinning the hazelnuts, but I just used a bigger pot the next time, and it's more successful for me than toasting method. Your biscotti look delicious!

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