Sunday, 28 June 2009


Every morning, at about 11am, I like to have a mug of coffee and a biscotti. Home-made, of course. So I thought I would share the recipe that I have used for the past couple of years or so. They are a complete doddle - they probably takes less than 5 minutes to make - there is no fussy weighing, just American cup sizes to measure out with.

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup nuts - I usually use almonds or hazelnuts or both!

Turn oven on to 150°C/Gas Mark 2 and use a piece of parchment paper to cover a baking tray.

Mix the sugar and eggs in a free-standing mixer and beat until thick. Add flour, salt and baking powder and mix in slowly. Add the nuts. It should have the consistancy of sticky cookie dough (that's very sticky!). Spoon out onto baking tray into a long oval shape and bake for 1 hour.

Remove from the oven and turn oven down to 140°/Gas Mark 1. Leave to cool slightly for 10 minutes.

Cut up into rougly 1/2" slices and place back on baking tray, cut side up. Toast back in oven for 10 minutes each side.

Find a jar big enough to put them in - this one is from Ikea and is the perfect size, even if you do have to break a couple to get them all in snugly...

...display on kitchen windowsill as a reminder that they are a fat-free treat to have daily!


  1. Yummy! I love biscotti. K x

  2. No butter, hmmmm? These might have to be made. Wonder what I could put in instead of the nuts to get the fat down lower ...

    They look scrumptious!

  3. Thank you so much for this recipe! So civilised, and it looks delicious! I'm printing out your recipe as i write this.
    Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

  4. Those look very yummy. And biscotti are clearly practically health food. Must make some soon!

  5. These look very yummy...and a bit simpler than the biscotti recipe I use.

  6. YUMMY! I am definately going to try these ... but it might entail a trip to Ikea to get one of those lovely jars first! x

  7. Ooh lovely - thank you for the recipe!

  8. you can MAKE biscotti? why did no-one tell me this?

  9. I made these today after copying down the recipe last night, they are so unbelievably easy and satisfying to make-there was I, in the middle of my cafe, shrieking "Oooh, look! They're just like the ones you get in Starbucks!!" to the amusement of my colleagues. Oh well.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Do you need to have blanched almonds for this, or can normal brown skinned almonds do?
    These look fabulous, and I'm on school holidays at the moment so I have the time to play around in the kitchen.

  11. I made them. They're really something - thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  12. Hi Frogdancer
    I couldn't find an email address for you, so hope you read this!
    I use brown skinned almonds, but I'm sure any sort would do.

  13. ohh I have never tried to make biscotti before.. M dosen't really like it so that would mean more for me! I may not follow your recipe as I have a huge tendency to read dozens of recipes and then figure out what would work best for me.. but if I do make them it will be inspired by you!

  14. Yum - I will have to try those!


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