CRYSTALLIZED GINGER BISCOTTI WITH ALMONDS

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INGREDIENTS
2 cups all-purpose flour,
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup crystallized ginger, finely chopped
1 cup blanched almond, sliced, lightly toasted

DIRECTIONS
Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
Parchment Paper a large baking sheet.
In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, ground ginger and salt. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl beat the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla and then slowly mix in the flour and other dry ingredients.
With a spoon stir in the crystallized ginger and almonds until well combined.
Divide dough in half and roll each portion into logs about 12 inches long.
Place on prepared baking sheet and flatten each log slightly with your hand and then round off the edges a bit.
Bake for 25 minutes, until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes on the baking sheet.
Carefully lift onto a cutting surface and slice with a serrated bread knife, using a gentle sawing motion, almost an inch thick.
Transfer slices back onto the baking sheet,
Bake for an additional 5 minutes on each side to dry them out, not letting them get too brown.
Cool completely on a wire rack and then store in an airtight container.

Category: Cookies & Bars
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