Biscotti and wine anyone? How about wine in biscotti? For their 4th anniversary, the Bread Baking Babes celebrated with a little vino. Lien, of http://notitievanlien.blogspot.com, chose a Sicilian biscotti that is savory; a little sweet (from anise), slightly spicy (from black pepper), with a little wine to boot. The recipe comes from the Anissa Helou book “Savory baking from the Mediterranean”.
This being my second month at being a BB Buddy, I was eager to have a go at this and bought some semolina the next day. Yes, eager, until it failed pretty miserably. OK, here was my thinking : instead of using white wine, use anisette. I love the of anise, and thought “yes, this would really bring out the anise flavor”, even though the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of anise seed already. How about some grated parmesan Reggiano thrown into the mix? And while I’m at it, how about a healthy pinch of red pepper flakes to heat it up a bit. Well. you know what? WRONG (though I still think the parmesan could work). It never rose at all and they came out like dense hockey pucks. A little too spicy as well (note to self: 3/4 teaspoon of pepper flakes is way too much). I believe my failure started in using the anisette instead of the wine. I think the sugar content was too high for a rise – even after two hours. Maybe with an overnight rise? who knows. The fat in the parmesan cheese only added to this problem. I think. I am a novice bread baker after all.
Then the other day I decided to give it another the go. The way the recipe is written, and you know what? They are really good. My husband still doesn’t care for them, but I have decided that I like them. A lot. The only minor change I did was to use a mixture of flax, sesame, and poppy-seed in mine. I let them rise a lot longer today since my house is pretty chilly, and while it doesn’t really rise, it did get puffier. I cut them thinner this time so they are a tad too golden, but I can live with that. So get the recipe, pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy a small taste of Sicily.
Please visit the current Bread Baking Babes to see the real masterpieces:
http://foodblog.paulchens.org/, http://feedingmyenthusiasms.blogspot.com/, http://etherwork.net/blog/, http://lucullian.blogspot.com/, http://notitievanlien.blogspot.com, http://bakemyday.blogspot.com/, http://breadchick.com/, http://livinginthekitchenwithpuppies.blogspot.com/, http://iliketocook.blogspot.com/, http://www.wildyeastblog.com/, http://mykitcheninhalfcups.wordpress.com/