28
Jan
2013
Lemon-Poppy Seed Biscotti ...
Tags: Life, Better Homes and Gardens, Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti, tea, recipes
Since 1996, I've been holding onto a recipe for Lemon Poppy Seed Biscotti that I tore out of the September issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.  We all do it, don't we?  We casually flip through our favorite publications, coffee or tea steaming by our side, and imagine whipping up all the tantalizing dishes so expertly photographed on the glossy pages.  I do a lot of ripping and tucking but not a lot of beating and baking.  I've gotten real good at ripping pages from my favorite magazines and tucking them carefully into the tattered manilla folder that sits neglected above my microwave.  Anybody with me?

This past Christmas I had every intention of making my first batch of biscotti.  But, as usual, time got away from me and after a few days of mandatory cooking and baking, I carefully tucked my long-saved biscotti recipes back in their tattered home for another day, surrendering to the fact that I just didn't have time to do all the things I dreamed of doing.  You know how it is. 

Yesterday, however, I had the time and the urge to bake so I made up my mind that I was going to check "make homemade biscotti" off my bucket list.  This is the recipe I used. 



I got the required 4-teaspoons of fresh lemon peel from one lemon.  That was probably the trickiest part for me.  I was wishing I had one of those shredders with four sides.  Mine is flat and had a mind of its own. 



The recipe calls for 2-1/2 cups of flour and I worked the last half-cup in by hand.  The dough is thick and it was tough on my old beaters.  Clean hands worked just fine.



The recipe says to shape the dough into 9-in. x 1-1/2-in. logs.  I was afraid I flattened mine too much but they baked up fine, cresting and rising perfectly.  After twenty minutes in a 375-degree oven, voila!





Next the logs cool for one hour, then they're sliced into 1/2-in. pieces and baked again for 8 minutes per side.  {NOTE:  At this point, don't forget to turn your tea kettle on and brew a cuppa to enhance your fresh-from-the-oven treat!}



Mmmm...good!  And since my first foray into biscotti-making was such a success, I'm now anxious to try different varieties.  I have two other recipes from old magazines - Triple Chocolate Biscotti and Almond Biscotti - safe in my stash.  I think the Triple Chocolate is on deck next!  And if you love biscotti but have shied away from making it yourself, do try it!  I always feared cutting it the first time, afraid it would crumble.  At that point, however, it's moist enough to hold its shape nicely ... and the few crumbs that do break away?  Yum ... just pop 'em in your mouth!  That's what I did! 



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Reply from: Judy on 1/28/2013 7:01 PM
 You are making me soooo hungry. I love biscotti
Reply from: Kathy Moody on 1/28/2013 8:21 PM
 These look so yummy! I love your awesome blog. Found you at Cowgirl Up. :)
Reply from: Brenda on 1/29/2013 7:31 AM
 FANTASTIC EFFORTS! You make it look so easy. I've missed coming to your blog. I haven't blogged in about 3 months, but I look forward to getting back to it. I just don't know when yet. I'm keeping up with you on Facebook and really enjoy it. You Lemon-Poppy Seed Biscotti looks delicious and it would be great with a cuppa. Hugs, Brenda
Reply from: Marianne on 1/31/2013 12:30 PM
 Lynn, that looks and sounds so scrumptious! I've never made biscotti, and like you, always wanted to. I know exactly what you mean about tearing out recipes with good intentions. I still have some I've never tried and their over 30 years old! One day I will try biscotti...i just know it...col...in the meantime I'll pour a cup of tea and share yours.Mm..mmm. I, too crave peace, and I know that it's up to me to find it. God pointed that out to me a little while ago. It's funny, but I went to pay my rent and the office was closed due to some meeting. That was most inconvenient for me since I made a special trip to do it. I was very upset, and the more upset I got the more I knew that being upset was only making things worse within me. Then I got back into my car and at a light I opened a card a friend had sent me (I checked my mail when I was near the office), it was a birthday card/Valentine's day card. The first words I saw were "Love is Patient...Love is kind." LOL...talk about God walking right with you daily! May you have a glorious day, my friend...I'm sorry I haven't been around to see you sooner than this. Love, Marianne xo
Reply from: WendyBee on 2/2/2013 11:43 AM
 Biscotti is one of many things I have never tried baking myself. So "Brava!" for you. I admire you for saving the recipes and knowing that you will one day use them. You have culinary tenacity!
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 Hoping your ok...miss your blog.
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