In attempt to fully indulge myself in American culture this year, I have acquired the habit of drinking coffee everyday. I always like to accompany my daily brew with something sweet on which to nibble. Back in England, I would always have a stash of chocolate digestives, chocolate bunnies (around Easter time) and other chocolate treats to consume with my daily cup of Earl Grey. I believe that it is only fair that my coffee has a sweet companion too!
I decided to stay away from the giant cakes and muffins (as I would like to return back to England a similar size to that which I was when I left), and found out that Americans enjoy a nice chunk of biscotti with their coffee. That sounded like the perfectly-sized treat for my coffee!
Needless to say, a student life isn't the most affluent of lifestyles. I decided that by making my own biscotti, I am not only saving money, but have the ability to choose the exact flavours I like!
I decided to try out the combination of thyme, orange and dark chocolate. I was toying with the idea of dipping the biscotti in chocolate instead of adding chocolate chips but actually decided to keep the chips in the mixture. I love it when chocolate chips melt in my mouth with hot coffee... bliss!
As for the flavours, I think that they all go very well together. The thyme and orange add a refreshing aroma to the biscotti, the almonds add the perfect crunch and I have already mentioned the chocolate, above.
The beauty of biscotti is that you can add practically anything to it! Cranberries, figs, cinnamon, anise, rosemary, walnuts, lemon, pistachios, pumpkin, pecans, coffee, brazil nuts, ginger, macadamia nuts, honey, poppy seeds, coconut, raisins and the list goes on and on!
The only issue with these delighful chunks of biscuit is the unfortunate fact that they leave crumbs absolutely everywhere! I guess that'll teach me to use a plate for once...
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Thyme, Orange, Almond and Chocolate Biscotti
Posted by Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce at 14:15
Labels: biscuits, California, chocolate, orange, thyme
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I have still never tried making biscotti... these look wonderful.ReplyDelete
Your photographs are stunning Hazel, I think you have a flair for food styling.ReplyDelete
I too have never made biscotti, but like most things, I guess homemade are best.
These look lovely - the orange and thyme sound a nice additionReplyDelete
The thyme is an interesting addition. Sounds lovely!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh!! This looks amazing!! Great pics.ReplyDelete
I've made biscotti a few times now. Before I tried making it I was a bit intimidated, but I'm so glad I finally braved making it. I love it! This is such a fantastic combination of flavors. I love the thyme added in. Definitely a Must Try!ReplyDelete
Interesting use of thyme - I would never have thought to use it as part of a sweet dish but sounds like it really works! I am impressed that you have made your own biscotti too.ReplyDelete
Delicious biscotti and beautiful photos!ReplyDelete
Your photography is getting just wonderful xxReplyDelete
Great flavours and beautiful photographs.ReplyDelete
This sounds a really interesting combination of flavours!ReplyDelete
Absolutely agree on the hot coffee/ melted chocolate experience. I also love the use of herbs combined with sweet treats.ReplyDelete
In any case, your photography is certainly inspiring, and makes me want to quickstep into the kitchen and bake a batch of these crumbly cookies.
Thank you all so much for your very kind comments! They really mean a lot to me :)ReplyDelete
This was my first attempt at making biscotti and it was surprisingly easy - I encourage you all to try making it!
Now I didn't know about Americans having taken to biscotti, but I guess I shouldn't be surprised by the Italian influence. Love the idea of using thyme and your pictures are fantastic.ReplyDelete
Biscotti are so delicious and addictive! Those look really wonderful.ReplyDelete