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We have some friends coming into town this weekend and it just so happens that Greenville is having a HUGE food event called Fall for Greenville.  I don’t want to buy too many groceries since we will be spending most of our time at local food trucks, but I also want to have a little in the house for those late night or early morning hunger pains.  I love to make, to smell, and to eat biscotti.  I found this pumpkin biscotti recipe on “Gimme some Oven” blog and I think it will be a perfect light morning treat while we prepare our tummies for the food to come.  I also plan on making some beer bread to snack on and I found that recipe on the blog “Lululu at Home”. Enjoy!

 

 

Pumpkin Pie Biscotti 

Gimme Some Oven’s Pumpkin Pie Biscotti

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (see tip below for substitution)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla paste (or 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract)
  • 2 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup melted white chocolate, for drizzling or dipping (optional) (I will use dark chocolate)

 

 

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

 

 

Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl; stir well. In another bowl, combine pumpkin, eggs, and vanilla, stirring well with a wire whisk. Slowly add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened. (Mixture will be very crumbly; it will gradually become moist after stirring.)

 

 

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add nuts. Cook, stirring constantly, until nuts are browned. Remove from heat and cool completely.

 

 

Knead or gently stir cooled nuts into dough. Place dough on a lightly floured surface and divide into 2 portions. Lightly flour hands and shape each portion into a 2 x 10″ long log. (Or she just made one large 8″ x 16″ log.) Place logs 3″ apart on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 24 minutes; cool logs 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 F.

 

 

After some cooling, move a loaf to a cutting board and cut diagonally into 1/2″ thick pieces. Do the same to the other loaf. The interior of each biscotto should still be just a little moist (while the exterior is nice and hard). The crust of the loaf will probably be quite hard, so use a large serrated knife such as a bread knife for this job.

 

 

Place the biscotti with a cut side facing up on a half sheet pan and bake for 8 minutes. Remove the pan and flip all the biscotti over so the other cut side is now facing up. Bake for another 7 minutes. Set all the pieces on a wire rack to cool making sure that none of the biscotti are touching each other. If the biscotti are placed too close together, they could get a little soft or soggy as they cool.

 

 

Once the biscotti have fully cooled, they can be consumed as is, or white chocolate dipped or drizzled. To melt the chocolate, pop it in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds, then stir. Then continue heating in 15-second increments (carefully) and stirring in between until chocolate is melted. (I usually add in a little shortening to help it melt and avoid burning.) Then just dip a fork in the chocolate and swish it over biscotti to drizzle, or you can pour it in a Ziplock or pastry bag (with a tiny corner snipped out) and squeeze it out.  (The biscotti tastes best during the first few days, but will keep for up to a month in a sealed air-tight container.)

 

 

 

Honey Beer Bread

Lululu at Home Honey Beer Bread

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 can beer
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

 

 

Preparation:

Preheat over to 350°F.

 

Grease a 9″x5″x3″ loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

 

 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer and honey into the dry ingredients until just mixed. (Microwave the honey for 5 to 10 seconds beforehand to make it easier to stir in)

 

 

Pour half the melted butter into the loaf pan. Then spoon the batter into the pan, and pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter. Use a pastry brush to spread it around.

 

 

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick/knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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