October 30, 2008

Maple Walnut Biscotti

Yes. It is supposed to be fall. Not winter! The first photo was October 18, 2008. The snow photo-was October 29, 2008! Say it isn't so? Unfortunately I can't. I knew there was snow when I got up (it was snowing yesterday) so I got around earlier and headed out to clean my car. You can see it was running in the photo! Well, Grumpy got his van cleared off and left for work. I was still cleaning my car. It took me over 30 minutes. The snow was wet and heavy. I then proceeded to get in my car and head to work. No. My car did not want to go. See, it had also rained quite a bit before we got the snow. Although there wasn't a ton of snow blocking my car, there was a lot of wet slippery stuff under the tires. The car wouldn't budge. The tires spun. My co-worker suggested I try cardboard. We have alot of that lying around recently because of some purchases - so I did. Nope. That didn't work either.

So, I have to wait for Grumpy to get home. The snow is supposed to continue throughout most of the day, but by tomorrow its supposed to warm up again. I sure hope so for the trick or treater's sake...but even at that, unless it's cold for the ground to be hard, they'll be walking thru mud to trick or treat. Yuck.


Since I was stuck home I decided to make a few things. In Iron Stef's Taste & Create Blog she mentioned that muffins seemed to be my "thing." Well, they are. Sort of. I get on kicks. Right now I am on a biscotti kick. I am trying to find out how many different kinds of biscotti are out there that I can try! I guess you would say I'm on a cookie kick right now too - thinking ahead to the holidays and Operation Baking Gals.


Today I made Maple Walnut Biscotti. I wanted to make a recipe that had real maple syrup in it instead of the maple flavoring and I found a recipe at We Heart Food. I hesitated at first because it called for cornmeal and I wasn't crazy about the Lennox Almond Biscotti. But, I decided to go ahead and give it a try anyway. I am glad I did! My house smelled lovely and the biscotti tasted great! I also made a maple flavored glaze for the biscotti. Perfect! Below is the recipe with what I did differently. All the ingredients are the same, but my method was a little different than my source. I also made a glaze however I don't really have a "recipe" with amounts but will tell you how I made it.

Maple Walnut Biscotti
Dry:
1-3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Wet:
2 large eggs
1/2 cup pure maple syrup (I used light amber)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Whisk together dry ingredients. Set aside. Whisk together wet ingredients. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients into well. Stir until dry ingredients just come together.
Divide dough into two pieces.


Form into logs on top of parchment paper. Move parchment to cookie sheet.


Bake 25 minutes at 350. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes. Turn oven down to 325. Cut into slices and return to oven for 10 minutes. Flip biscotti and bake another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.


Coat with glaze.
Glaze:

I melted 3 squares of white chocolate coating with a capful of maple extract and about a 1/4 of half and half. This made it quite watery. I stirred in just enough confectioner's sugar to thicken the glaze some. I then dipped the bottom of the biscotti in the glaze and spread the glaze with the back of a spoon. I sat the biscotti upright (with glaze on top) until dry. This glaze was delicious!

31 comments:

  1. HoneyB, now you just have to know how much I love maple-flavored treats. Does this look good or what? I'm not a white chocolate fan and would have to find a different maple-flavored glaze, but this looks so good and seasonal. With a sugarhouse practically at every crossroads here, I know that I'll be making this. What a great discovery! Thank you soooo much for sharing!

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  2. Oh goodness! I can't believe how much snow you have! I am hoping for a good snowy winter, but not until it is actually winter!!!

    That biscotti looks wonderful! I'll have to add it to my file!

    Also, I have a blog award for you whenever you get a chance to stop by! :)

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  3. I can't believe it is snowing!!!

    Love these! Anything with maple is a winner for me!

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  4. Now, those my dear, are absolutely beautiful! Now that I've made biscotti, I want to make more more more! I know just the recipe I'll making next!

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  5. The weather has been so strange this year. We had some winter weather but now they are predicting almost 70 for Halloween. That glaze on teh biscotti looks so good! Like a maple bar!

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  6. Look at all that snow!! It has been cold here in CT but no snow yet (thank goodness) I would love to give that biscotti a try. I love biscotti with a cup of tea.

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  7. I am glad to see another person mention Operation Baking Gals and planning ahead for December! I have about 5 people ready to bake for December and hope to get at least 8-10 boxes over to our troops. I look forward to seeing what you send!

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  8. Ahhh - sounds horrible for this time of year. BUT you know, I bet those biscotti more than made up for it - lol...they look great.

    -DTW
    www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

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  9. Your snow is beautiful! I'm jealous!

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  10. Mom & dad live in the snowbelt of Southern Ontario. I was so surprised when they said it was snowing..very unseasonal...but now gone!!!!!You have delicious biscotto to show for your efforts:D

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  11. The weather was a bummer! Your biscotti look so lovely. They are so evenly shaped.

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  12. Oh my! This looks marvelous! Love how you glazed just the tops (bottoms?) & will copy you when I make the recipe. ;o) Your last photo is stunning!

    Sorry about the snow BTW

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  13. Dear God that snow fills me with fear over what will soon be arriving here, no doubt.

    Great looking biscotti!

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  14. I can't believe your snow!! It has been 95 here everyday this week (jealous?). It's finally "cooling down" to eighty today. These biscotti look nice and comforting. Nice job tossing that pizza too!!

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  15. Oh, they're beautiful! And so are your pictures of the snow! (Can't believe winter's coming on already...)

    +Jessie
    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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  16. I love the winter pictures. The last time I've seen snow was when I was 5 when in Japan for a holiday. I live in a perpetually summer-weather country where the heat just never lets up.
    And the glaze on the biscotti...yummm...

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  17. You make me want to make biscotti. It's a cold day and this sounds fantastic!

    I miss the snow. It's a pain but it's so beautiful!

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  18. Your biscotti looks perfect for a cup of hot cocoa or tea! I can't believe it's been so cold here the last few days. Hope the snow leaves you soon!

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  19. Those look great -- I like the idea of the glaze. We were hesitant at first about the cornmeal as well, but really think they turned out wonderfully. Not to mention how good the kitchen smelled!

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  20. Oh geez that snow, I cannot believe it so early, it's beautiful but probably a pain for you! And your biscotti with the maple....yum. I adore maple.

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  21. Your photos remind me of home!! :-)
    Poor little trick or treaters having to go out in that mess tonight. We are going to have to start calling you the biscotti queen. Those look amazing!

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  22. ive only ever had plain biscotti and love dunking it into coffee..... but never with GLAZE. that last photo is very nice, looks so winter-y :D

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  23. A snow day and biscotti sounds perfect to me!

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  24. Oh to be stuck at home because of snow, I wish, LOL! We don't even come close to snow, ever; it did snow at my grandmother's house but my dad said that was in 1932, a little before my time. Your biscotti look so good and so many variations.

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  25. I see we were thinking the same thing.

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  26. Now I remember why I left the real north for the pseudo north. :) OK truthfully I had no choice but I sure don't miss the 8 month winters!

    These look great. My mom would love them... I might have to make them for her for xmas....

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  27. Goodness it's snowing already!? Anyway, congrats, you are one of my book contest winners! Please email me your address so I can send you the book! :)

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  28. Its official all of these great biscotti recipes on your blog I will have to try to make some this weekend.

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  29. these look so awesome to eat. I actually tried some of these recipes today and they were awesome.

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