Monday, March 19, 2012

Oatmeal biscotti

Oatmeal biscotti / Biscotti de aveia

And the biscotti saga continues: these, packed with oats, pecans and apricots have a healthy feel and taste delicious. A couple more great things: they last a month (not that I think they will, but...), travel well and are wonderful as snacks between meals, but... As much as I hate to admit it, I think it will be really hard to find one biscotti recipe that can top the caramelized-pecan orange ones. Well, I don’t mind keeping on testing new recipes to find that out. :D

Oatmeal biscotti
from the amazing The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets with Ideas for Inventing Your Own

1 cup (115g) old-fashioned rolled oats
1 ¾ cups (245g) all purpose flour
¾ cup (131g) light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
¼ cup (60ml) dark molasses
2 tablespoons canola oil
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup (82g) pecans, lightly toasted, cooled and roughly chopped
¾ cup dried apricots, chopped

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Line a large baking sheet with baking paper.
Place ½ cup of the oats in a food processor and process until finely ground. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whisk together the oat flour, remaining ½ cup oats, all purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, molasses, oil and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed slowly add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix until combined. Mix in the pecans and apricots – dough will be stiff.
Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide it in half. Shape each portion into a 40x5cm (16x2in) log and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet, 7.5cm (3in) apart. Bake until the logs are golden and firm to touch, about 30 minutes. Transfer the logs, still on the parchment paper, to a wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 150°C/300°F and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
With a serrated knife, slice the logs on the diagonal into 8mm (1/3in) thick slices. Place the biscotti slices onto the prepared sheets 2.5cm (1in) apart and bake until they are dry and firm to touch, about 40 minutes. Cool completely on the sheets over a wire rack.
Biscotti can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

Makes about 3 dozen


MyFudo™ said...

I love my favorite breakfast in a no-sweat, non messy package. Thanks for sharing this posT!

Laura (Tutti Dolci) said...

Beautiful biscotti! I imagine they have a wonderful flavor & texture from the molasses, pecans, and apricots.

(P.S. I've been so busy redesigning my blog that I haven't had much time to visit my favorites - this morning I realized that I had missed several of your posts, so I had to pop over & see what you've been up to! :) )

Tine said...

I like the idea of using oats in biscotti! Definitely gonna try it. Thanks for the recipe!

Unknown said...

That looks fantastic!

ASuburbanLife said...

I love oatmeal and I love biscotti, so I was eager to try this recipe. Very disappointing though. For one thing, mine came out too dark and tasted too strongly of molasses. If I made these again I'd try light molasses or perhaps agave, but I don't think I'll try them again - they were too ho hum.

I love your blog - glad I found it!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, there!
My biscotti turned out so good, I'm so sad to hear yours did not! :(

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