Feb 25, 2015

Tangelo, Date, and Almond Biscotti

Tangelo, Date, and Almond Biscotti

These tangelo, date, and almond biscotti are and excellent accompaniment to your morning coffee or afternoon tea. They contain butter, so they are not as rock hard as southern Italian biscotti. Don't worry, they are still nice and crunchy, and will stay fresh for days. They are excellent eaten with our without dunking them in a cup of coffee.

I love the sweetness of the dates combined with the citrus flavor. This is the second time I've made biscotti, and am amazed at how easy they are to make. Homemade biscotti is pretty special.

Impress your friends. All you need is two bowls, a whisk, a spoon and a good serrated knife. No mixer needed.


Tangelo, Date, and Almond Biscotti

I made these tangelo, date, and almond biscotti for a virtual baby shower for one of my virtual friends, Tara, of Tara's Multicultural Table!

Her baby was (operative word "was") due in mid March, so Lauren at Sew You Think You Can Cook thought it would be a fun excuse to make some biscotti and, of course, surprise Tara.

Guess what? Tara's baby came early! You can follow her on Instagram (@taramctable) to see pictures of her amazing food as well as an occasional photo of her cute kids and puppies, Congratulations Tara! 
Biscotti Baby Shower

After the recipe, be sure to check out all of the other wonderful biscotti posts from Tara's friends. 


Tangelo, Date, and Almond Biscotti

Makes 24 biscotti (or you can slice them more thinly to yield more)

Ingredients

270 g (2 cups minus 2 T) all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
100 g (2/3 C) whole almonds
1/4 C (75 g) unsalted butter
1 T finely grated tangelo or orange zest (about one large tangelo/orange)
2 large room temperature eggs
150 g (3/4 C) granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
85 g dried pitted dates, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a half sheet pan or cookie sheet with parchment.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add the almonds and stir. 
  4. In a small microwave safe bowl, microwave the butter and zest, until the butter is just melted, about 40 seconds, in 20 second bursts. Stir and let cool, but not harden. 
  5. In a medium bowl, thoroughly whisk the eggs. Slowly add the sugar while continuing to whisk, until smooth. Slowly whisk in the butter mixture along with the vanilla and almond extract. 
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir until the flour is absorbed into the liquid. Add the dates and mix them into the dough with your hands. 
  7. Divide the dough in half and form each half into a 12 inch log. Place each log on the baking sheet, and slightly flatten them into 3 inch wide by 12 inch long mounds. 
  8. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, until golden and slightly cracked on top. 
  9. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a rack for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F. 
  10. Slice each log on an angle with a serrated knife into 12 pieces. Place them on their sides back onto the parchment. Bake on one side for 7 minutes. Flip them over, and bake on the other side for 7 minutes. Cool the cookies on a wire rack. 
Recipe adapted from Scientifically Sweet via the Avid Bakers Challenge. 

More biscotti recipes from Tara's blogger friends:

Biscotti Bites from Nicole at I am a Honey Bee
Spa Water from of Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

25 comments:

  1. I had my first tangelo this week - they're incredible. I can only imagine the flavor they provide to your biscotti. Thank you for helping celebrate Tara.

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    1. We actually have a tree surviving in our back patio. They are amazing!

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  2. Totally awesome flavor combo in your biscotti. I haven't had a tangelo in a long time and now I'll be looking for them at the store.

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  3. I love almond + citrus. These look fabulous.

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  5. Karen, very interesting the use of butter, I bet I would love them! When I brought my batch of biscotti to the department I left a note saying that "these are an acquired taste" etc etc... afraid that the hardness of the cookie would turn people off...

    it's nice to have an alternative with a slightly smoother texture... and of course, your flavor combination is spot on!

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    1. I bet your department loved your biscotti, and I wish I'd remembered to mention grappa!

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  6. I'm thinking these have a hint of Morocco! Wonderful to be at the "party" with you!

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    1. Thanks Dorothy! Your spa water looks amazing.

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  7. What a wonderful burst of flavors - straight from Morocco! I love dates and throw them into all kinds of things, and love that you used tangelos. I eat them everyday this time of year since they're in all the markets - they're my favorite kind of orange!

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    1. I had no idea about the flavors of Morocco!

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  8. Thank you so much! Your biscotti look absolutely delicious!

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    1. Thanks Tara! Congratulations! This was so fun.

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  9. I love tangelos and I can only imagine how well they pair with dates. I can't wait to try this flavor combination.

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  10. Yummmy!! What a fantastic combination of ingredients - these sound wonderful!!

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    1. Thanks Rebekah. Yours with Matcha look amazing.

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  11. Biscotti of any sort is a winner in my book. These look great!

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  12. Love easy recipes that don't require a mixer. Your biscotti looks delicious!

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  13. Just love the combo of flavors!. In Jewish cooking, these would be called mandelbrot. In any case, I've never made either one and am anxious to give this a try. Sounds super easy and fun to have around for a little afternoon pick me up with tea or coffee!

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  14. Great post (I am not surprised, LOL). Love the pictures. The tangelo is a great idea!

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