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Frankie's Biscotti Recipe
-3 cups (12.75 oz, 357 gr) all-purpose flour
-3/4 cup (5.25, 147 gr) granulated sugar
-1/4 cup (2 oz, 56 gr) light brown sugar, lightly packed
-1/4 tsp Morton Kosher Salt or table salt (use 1/2 tsp if using Diamond Kosher)
-2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 cup (4 fl oz, 120 ml) vegetable or canola oil
-3 large eggs, room temperature
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 tsp anise or almond extract (optional)
1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
2. Sift Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl sift the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar (you have to sort of work that through the sieve), salt, and baking powder. Give the ingredients a quick whisk to evenly distribute. Alternatively, if you do not have a sieve, you can whisk the ingredients together thoroughly.
3. Whisk Wet Ingredients: Combine the oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and almond or anise extract (if using) in a small mixing bowl and whisk together. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a spoon or a rubber spatula to stir the ingredients together. The mixture will be somewhat dry and shaggy.
4. Knead & Shape: Quickly knead the dough a few times in the bowl until it all comes together as one cohesive dough. Split the dough in two equal pieces and move them to a baking sheet. Shape each piece of dough into a log about 10” (25 cm) long by 3” (7.5 cm) wide. The logs should fit side by side with the longer side of the log running parallel to the shorter side of the pan.
5. First Bake: If desired, brush the logs with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse sugar. This is optional. Bake at 350F (180C) for 35 minutes. Allow the logs to cool for about 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325F (163C)
6. Slice & Second Bake: Slice the logs diagonally, across the short side about 1/2” (1.25cm) thick. Lay the pieces cut side down and bake at 325F (163C) for 12 minutes or about until they are dried out and crispy.