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biscotti al'anici
Anise Biscotti (with eggs, anise extract and butter)
Originated from: Italy
Occasion: Special times
Contributed by: Tina Molina

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For the dough*
5 small eggs
1 pound flour
1/2 pound butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons anise extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt

For the egg wash
1 egg

For sprinkling
about 1/8 cup sugar

Equipment needed
Cookie sheet, greased or lined with parchment paper

* Makes about 2 dozen cookies


o Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

o Beat eggs.

o Add anise extract.

o Add sugar and beat well.

o Mix flour and baking powder together.

o Add the flour mixture to the beaten egg mixture.

o Incorporate the butter and working into a dough.

o Shape the dough into a biscotti log -- about 5 inches wide.

o Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with sugar.

o Place log on a greased cookie sheet, or one lined with parchment paper.

o Bake until golden -- 15 to 20 minutes.

o Cool.

o Cut slices -- about 1/2 inch wide.

o Place slices side by side and re-bake in a 325 F degree oven until crisp (about 8 minutes).

o Cool.

o Serve at room temperature.


Photo: Mary Melfi.

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