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Christmas Biscotti Recipe

Biscotti Photo : Karen E Photography

Biscotti
Photo : Karen E Photography

Christmas Recipe Nine
Christmas Biscotti

Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

I’m ringing the changes and giving you two columns during December. They are about festive-season recipes so cannot be published on the last Saturday of the month as is usual. I shall showcase six recipes today and another six next Saturday - December 22, 2012. The format I have chosen is to highlight the 12 days before Christmas and start with what needs to be done first, working down to the last-minute items which have to be done on the day - the final preparations and putting everything together. African inspired, traditional recipes! I challenge one to get the traditional recipes correct before venturing off into the unknown. Nothing can be better than a chilled glazed gammon in this hot African sun.

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a full cookie jar. Chocolate locally sourced from Madagascar or Ghana and Zambian coffee makes this an African pleasure.

Yields: 65x2cm little biscotti (so five piped line)

Ingredients:

  • 4 Egg Whites
  • ¾ cup Caster Sugar
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 20g Zambian Coffee Beans, chopped
  • 100g Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 100g Flaked Almonds - roasted

Method:

  1. Whisk egg whites until stiff
  2. Add caster sugar slowly and continue whisking until all sugar crystals are dissolved and mixture is stiff.
  3. Fold in flour, coffee, dark chocolate and nuts.
  4. Pipe onto a tray lined with greaseproof paper.
  5. Bake at 160ºC for 30 minutes.
  6. Cut thin slices at an angle, while warm, with a serrated knife. Place these onto an oven-wrack or on a tray lined with greaseproof paper, dry out in a cool oven (80°C with the door slightly open) until crisp (about 15 minutes).

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713
jackie@hartford.co.za
www.hartford.co.za
www.jackiecameron.co.za