Lisa’s Biscotti

Lisa's Biscotti - the best in BiscottiInterestingly, I get e-mail.

Lately more from my blog… which surprises me. Anyway – I recently got a request for more Biscotti recipes. Not sure why, but here is my favorite. From Lisa. My younger sister.

3/4 Cup Whole Almonds
1/2 Cup Almond Paste
3 Eggs
3/4 Cup Sugar
2 Teaspoons Grated Lemon Zest
1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1 2/3 Cup Flour
1/3 Cup Corn Starch
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Place nuts in a shallow pan and bake in a pre-heated 350 (F) oven for 8 to 10 minutes – or until golden brown. Let cool.
In a mixing bowl beat almond paste with a wire whisk until creamy.
Beat in eggs. Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Add lemon zest and almond extract.
In a bowl combine the flour, corn starch, baking powder and salt.
Add to the egg mixture, mixing until blended.
Cut nuts into halves or thirds and fold in. With a spatula spread the soft dough on a greased and floured baking sheet, forming 2 strips about 14 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide, spacing them at least 2 inches apart.
Bake in the middle of a preheated 350 (F) Oven for 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a drying rack. Let cool 5 minutes.
Place on a cutting board. With a sharp serrated knife slice diagonally at 45 degrees – about 1/2 inch thick. Lay the slices on a baking sheet and return to a 325 (F) oven for about 10 minutes, turning them once to dry slightly.

Makes about 4 dozen mandible stressing biscotti