Biscotti make a wonderful home-made gift. We have made them for Christmas presents and the apprentice also made them for her teachers this year. They are incredibly simple to make and, with an adult there to supervise hot ovens and sharp knives, are definitely doable by a child.
You will need:
8oz plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
6oz caster sugar
2 medium eggs beaten
3oz each whole hazlenuts, pistachios and chocolate chunks (or your own combination of flavourings)
Preheat oven to 180C Gas 4
Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar and eggs until they form a smooth dough
Add nuts and chocolate and mix thoroughly
On a floured surface divide dough into 4 and roll out into sausages. Don’t be scared to use enough flour at this stage – the mix can get pretty sticky and you need enough flour to be able to handle it. Place on greaseproof paper on a baking tray
Bake for 20 – 30 mins until lightly golden, then cool for 10 mins on a wire rack. The sausages “spread out” somewhat during cooking. If they have spread out enough to join up with each other, you can break them apart easily by folding the pieces away from each other whilst still on the sheet. Reduce oven to 140C Gas 1
Cut diagonally into 1/2 inch slices.
Bake again for 15 mins until dry and golden. Sometimes 15 mins isn’t enough in which case, turn the biscotti over on the tray and return to the oven until done.
Cool on a wire rack and eat and enjoy. It will keep for up to a month in an airtight tin.