I've determined that biscotti are the "chicken soup" version of the dessert world. Is there anything more comforting than a good cup of coffee and a few freshly baked biscotti? I think not, and much like chicken soup, biscotti can heal all that ails you. Feeling feverish? Have a cup of tea with some biscotti! Feeling down? Cheer yourself up with some biscotti! Queasy stomach? Grab some biscotti, it will settle that right down! Sprained your ankle? The biscotti may not help here but they certainly will not make it worse! I kid, of course, but I've yet to come across a situation in which biscotti didn't improve it. Especially the freshly baked kind. ;)
I like to think that I have a nice baking repertoire. I make a mean crostata, my anise pizzelle are raved about, and the butter balls? Everyone says that mines are the best they've had. I love baking and enjoy sharing just as much. I also love coffee and my coffee must always be accompanied by a treat. I've determined that my coffee gets lonely without a freshly baked treat next to it! Some desserts are more finicky than others and take a long time. But biscotti are so forgiving and easy, that they always love you right back with a delicious outcome. They can last for days in a cookie tin (if you are able to resist them, that is), they come in hundreds of varieties and are very adaptable. You can add nuts, fruits, chocolates or a combo of these. You can leave them all out and have a simple version. Scent them with citrus zest, anise, vanilla, rum. The combos are endless.
Here is a classic combo that I just adore: cherries, chocolate and orange. These are very flavorful, not overly sweets and because I do not double-bake this version, they are soft, and only slightly crunchy on the outside. The inside is very soft and crumbly. Comforting, cozy and scrumptious, be sure to make these for your next event, or just because.
Soft-Bake Chocolate, Cherry and Orange Biscotti
Yields 3 logs - each resulting in 14 - 16 biscotti
3 ½ tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
3 cups flour + 1 extra tablespoon
1 ½ cups sugar
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 egg yolks, divided
Zest of 1 orange
2 tablespoons honey
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