Thursday, December 8, 2016

Matcha White Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Matcha White Chocolate Almond Biscotti
recipe adapted from A Cozy Kitchen
makes about 16 pieces
1 3/4 cup (219 g) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (55 g) granulated sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 Tbsp matcha powder
1/8 tsp Kosher salt
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup almonds, chopped
1/4 cup white chocolate chips 

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
2. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, matcha, and salt.
3. In another medium bowl, beat eggs, melted butter, and vanilla. 
4. Add flour mixture, in a few batches, stirring after each batch until the dough comes together. Dough should be moist. 
5. Stir in almonds and white chocolate chips.
6. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently 5 or 6 times.
7. With floured hands, roll dough into a log approximately 12 inches long, flattening the top slightly.
8. Transfer log to baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned and firm to the touch, about 22 to 25 minutes. 
9. Remove log from oven and let stand until cool enough to handle.
10. Reduce oven temperature to 275°F. Transfer cooled logs to a cutting board and slice them on the diagonal into 1/2-inch thick slices using a serrated knife. 
11. Lay cookies cut side down on the baking sheet. Bake again until the biscotti are lightly toasted, about 15 to 20 minutes. 
12. Using tongs, turn cookies over and bake until slightly dry, about 15 to 20 more minutes. 
13. Cool.

Who doesn't love a crisp cookie to go with their favorite holiday drinks? Make biscotti this season and enjoy it during your afternoon tea/coffee time or gift them away as the cutest pressies. My first of many biscotti bakes this time of the year features matcha, almonds, and white chocolate chips. I love matcha and absolutely love how the matcha shines through and pairs perfectly with the sweet white chocolate.

Taste: 5 stars out of 5
Love the mild sweetness and the subtle bitter note of matcha.
Texture: 5 stars out of 5
Light and crisp!

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