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Even though there is a football game tomorrow I am choosing to stay home and get myself back to 100% and cooking is definitely going to help me feel better!  Here are two of the recipes that I will be trying tomorrow.

 

*Both recipes come from Giada De Laurentiis’ show Everyday Italian

 

Almond and Lemon Biscotti Dipped in White Chocolate

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons grated lemon zest (from about 3 to 4 lemons)
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped whole almonds
  • 18 ounces white chocolate chips
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    Preparation

    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

     

    Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt.

     

    In another large bowl, beat the sugar and eggs with an electric mixture until pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Mix in the lemon zest and then the flour, and beat until just blended. (The dough will be sticky). Stir in the almonds. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.

     

    Divide the dough evenly into 2 equal mounds and place on the prepared baking sheet. With moist hands, space the dough evenly apart and form into 2 (9 by-3-inch) logs. Bake for 35 minutes until lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes. Using a serrated knife, cut the logs crosswise into 3/4-inch-thick diagonal slices. Arrange the biscotti cut side down on the same baking sheet. Bake until the cookies are pale golden, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely.

     

    Place the chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the pan does not touch the water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Dip the end of each biscotti in the chocolate. Transfer the dipped biscotti to a wire rack, set over a baking sheet, until the chocolate has hardened. Store in an airtight container.

     

    Raspberry Pound Cake with Vin Santo Cream

    Pound cake

     

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the loaf pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest (from 1 medium orange)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for greasing loaf pan
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag sweetened, frozen raspberries, thawed and drained
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    Cream

    • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
    • 3 tablespoons Vin Santo wine or Moscato wine

     

    Preparation

    To make the Raspberry Pound Cake:

    Set an oven rack in the lower 1/3 of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9 by 5 by3-inch loaf pan.

     

    In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, orange zest, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together the sugar and butter until blended, about 30 seconds. With the machine running, add the eggs 1 at a time. Add the vanilla extract. Add the dry ingredients, a small amount at a time, until just incorporated. Using a rubber spatula, fold the drained raspberries evenly into the batter.

     

    Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 55 to 60 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. (Cake may deflate in the center during cooling)

     

    To make the Vin Santo Cream:

    In a large bowl, beat the cream until it holds soft peaks.

     

    Add the vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and Vin Santo. Continue to beat mixture until cream holds stiff peaks.

     

    Transfer the pound cake to a serving platter. Slice and serve with the Vin Santo Cream.

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    One response »

    1. The biscotti was awesome! I have made it twice now and the second time I dipped half in dark chocolate. Super easy to make and super delicious with coffee!

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