Makes 3-4 dozen
A Sicilian specialty, this recipe produces a relatively hard biscuit --
perfect with an
afternoon cup of coffee.
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon minced zest from 1 lemon
1 tablespoon anise seed
1. Sift first 3 ingredients together in a small bowl.
2. Whisk sugar and eggs in a large bowl to a light lemon color;
ingredients. Sift dry ingredients over egg mixture,
then fold in until
dough is just
3. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.
Halve dough and turn each portion onto an oiled cookie sheet
floured hands, quickly stretch each
portion of dough into a rough
placing them about 3
inches apart on the cookie sheet. Pat each dough
smooth it. Bake, turning pan once, until loaves are golden and just
crack on top, about 35 minutes.
4. Cool the loaves for 10 minutes; lower oven temperature to 325
degrees. Cut each loaf diagonally into 3/8-inch slices with a serrated knife.
1/2-inch apart on the cookie sheet, cut side up, and
return them to the
oven. Bake, turning over each cookie halfway through
baking, until crisp and golden
both sides, about 15 minutes.
Transfer biscotti to wire rack and cool
(Biscotti can be stored in an airtight container for at least 1 month.)