Best Biscotti Baking Tips
If you follow these Biscotti Baking Tips, you will find that making biscotti at home is not that difficult and the
results will be be very rewarding. The
equipment required is minimal, a bowl and heavy spoon, electric mixer and a baking sheet are the only requirements.
Of course if you have a stand mixer you can use that.
It takes about 15 minutes to mix the dough
and shape it into baking logs. After the first baking, a few minutes cooling, cutting the
cookie on a diagonal, you return them to the pan for the second baking.
When done you are rewarded with a tin full of
one of the most amazing treats, that will last for weeks (if hidden from those
with a passion for eating them).
Measuring for Biscotti
One of the most important Biscotti Baking Tips, true for any baking, is Measure Ingredients Accurately!
When cooking a hamburger a slight error is not a real problem, but when it comes to baking, accuracy is critical. In fact most European recipes call for measuring by weight rather than volume
Use dry measuring cups for the dry
ingredients like flour and sugar and liquid measuring cups with spouts -- made
of clear glass or plastic for ingredients like water, milk, and honey.
To measure for the best biscotti baking:
- Flour: Give it a stir to fluff it up and then dip the
cup into the flour or spoon flour into the cup and level with a knife.
or Powdered Sugar: Can be scooped or spooned into the cup and then leveled
with the edge of a knife or spatula. If the powdered sugar is lumpy, it is best
to sift it first.
Sugar: Should be packed or pressed into the measuring cup.
Pour them into a glass or clear plastic spouted measuring cup that is placed on
a level surface and bend down to eye level to make sure you have the correct
Ingredients Like Honey or Molasses: Use your glass measuring cup to measure
your oil first, then measure your honey or molasses, and it will slip right
out. Alternatively you can give your measuring cup a little shot of cooking
spray before filling it with the sticky substance.
If you want to be successful then follow these Biscotti Baking Tips for mixing:
- Allow ingredients to come to room temperature
before beginning. If you need to bring eggs to room temperature quickly, place
them in warm water for several seconds. Butter can be softened in the microwave
with short 10 second burst on low power. Be careful not to let your butter
start to melt.
- Mix and knead dough just until it comes together, don’t
- If the dough becomes
difficult to handle, simply refrigerate for at least an hour, before kneading
- If using a stand mixer like a Kitchen Aid, take care to not over mix the dough, warming it, making it difficult to handle and tough after baking. Tips for using your KitchenAid.
- Combine the dry ingredients with a whisk to ensure everything is evenly and well distributed.
If you have a stand mixer,check out our review of a Biscotti Cookbook Review of a book where almost all the recipes are made using a stand mixer.
Handling and shaping the dough is one of the more difficult parts of this cookie so follow these biscotti baking tips for handling and shaping.
- Dust your work surface and your hands with flour
before beginning to try to form the dough into logs. It will be a sticky, messy
job, but one that is well worth it. Add small amounts of more flour as
necessary until you have shaped them into the size log/slab specified in your
- If the dough contains melted chocolate or other
ingredients that make it sticky and hard to handle, simply refrigerate for at
least an hour so it hardens more before kneading and shaping.
- If the dough is extremely sticky like the Valentines Day Biscotti, keeping your hands damp will help keep them from sticking while shaping the dough.
- One other method is to spray your hands with and aerosol can of vegetable spray like Pam.
Biscotti Baking Tips
Another one of the great Biscotti Baking Tips is this:
BAKE IT IN STAGES!
If you are busy and who isn’t then you can bake it in stages.
- Make the dough and store it in the refrigerator for a day or two.
- Form the dough into logs and bake them, store the slabs at room temperature for up to a day.
- Slice them and baking them the second time.
- EAT AND ENJOY!
Here are some more biscotti baking tips you will find helpful.
- Verify oven temperature with a thermometer placed
inside your oven before baking your biscotti. Once your oven is
pre-heated adjust the oven setting as necessary to get the desired inside
temperature. If you do a lot of baking or if the oven temperature is off my
more than 50 degrees it may be best to get your oven calibrated by a repairman
- Though not necessary, lining your pan with
parchment paper will make the baked log easier to remove and pan clean up a snap.
- When greasing pans, the most expedient solution is
to use cooking spray. Or you can grease with butter and shortening and a pastry
- Another great option is to line your pans with a
silicon baking sheet.
- Always begin with a cool baking sheet. If it is
hot from the oven, your biscotti dough will melt and spread before it has a
chance to bake.
- Use sturdy baking sheets, either rimmed or not.
Many books suggest baking cookies on rimless pans, but I have always had good
success with rimmed pans.
- When baking more than one cookie sheet at a time
rotate the sheets (front to back and top to bottom) about halfway through the
recommended baking time.
- Bake your biscotti in the middle of the oven for
best results. If baked on the bottom, they are apt to burn.
- For a glossier looking biscotti, brush with a
mixture of one egg yolk and table spoon water or milk whisked.
- Depending on the humidity the second baking may
take longer. You are looking to get your biscotti dried out and crunchy. Don't
skip the crunch!
- If you are in a hurry, especially if baking a lot of biscotti put a marble slab in the fridge and transfer
the log to the slab to speed cooling.
When it comes to cutting biscotti, follow these Biscotti Baking Tips and you will become a master at cutting and creating beautiful looking biscuits.
- Use a serrated knife for cutting or try your electric knife if you have one.
- Be sure to cut straight up and down, perpendicular to the
pan; if you cut unevenly, biscotti may be thicker at the top than the bottom,
and they’ll topple over during their second bake.
- The biscotti log or cookie may crumble while trying to cut
it. If it does, wrap the baked dough and freeze overnight. The next day, a
serrated knife will produce thin slices. This technique is especially useful
when the biscotti contain whole nuts.
- Another option to prevent crumbling; using a spray bottle
filled with room-temperature water, lightly but thoroughly spritz the log,
making sure to cover the sides as well as the top. Wait 5 minutes before
slicing. Softening the crust just this little bit will make slicing the
biscotti much easier.
Creating Biscotti Variations
- Some of the recipes have alternative ingredients so
open your baking cupboard and see what creative flavor variations you come up
- For extra long biscotti, make one large log (most recipe call for making two logs) so the
cookies can be 7 to 10 inches in length for that "gourmet" look.
- To keep biscotti crisp store them in an airtight
container at room temperature
- If they should lose their crispness, simply toast
them in a low oven (250 degrees) for a few minutes until they’re crunchy again.
If they’re too hard or dry, place them on low power setting in the microwave
for about 30 seconds to soften them up.
- For longer storage (up to 3 months), place the air
tight container in the freezer.
Okay, you've reviewed Biscotti Baking Tips and have some ideas for making, baking and perfecting your biscotti. Now it's time to get baking. I hope that you have as much fun making and sharing your biscotti as I do!
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