Biscotti di Vino

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Author Notes: This traditional family-style recipe is common in many regions of Italy with variations per area. This simple, almost biscuit-like biscotti is perfect to serve with fruits and cheeses while enjoying wine or after dinner with espresso and cordialscucina di mammina

Makes approx. 24 biscotti

  • 1 cup red wine (full-bodied)
  • 1 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 4.5 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup organic granulated sugar (unbleached)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl; blend together. Create a center well in the flour mixture and pour in the red wine and oil. Using a fork or mixing spoon, slowly start to blend the dry and wet ingredients until all are combined and the mixture begins to come together as a dough.
  2. The dough will be a bit sticky and oily; but easily able to roll and form. Roll small amounts of dough into a rope and form into a circle; pinch the ends together to complete the shape.
  3. Set oven to 350 degrees. Once all the biscotti are formed and ready; place them evenly spaced (about three rows) on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes at this temperature and then reduce the oven to 300 degrees and bake for about 15 to 20 more minutes until they are light golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool. Store the wine biscotti in a sealed container; they keep very well in a cool, dry place or you can freeze them and thaw for later use.
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about 1 year ago cucina di mammina

Wonderful Lisanne! Love that you used the cookie press for a new feel for these biscotti. I too sometimes add ingredients depending on my flavor mood. I hope you enjoy and I wish I could attend your wine club event as well.

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about 1 year ago Lisanne

Just made these using regular oil and a nice cabernet. I added a bit of fresh ground pepper, and put the dough in my cookie press (too lazy to make rings). A half recipe made 80 2" sticks. These are fab! I am bringing them to my wine club tonight! Thanks!!

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about 1 year ago cucina di mammina

Ciao Sophia, I have not heard of the milk version but that is a good idea for a replacement for Gloria. You can certainly add anise/fennel seeds or lemon zest, althought for our famiglia this recipe is all about the wine and olive oil so we prefer them in their original form. I am working on two other recipes from my famiglia, taralli which are a savory version of these using no sugar but do have anise seeds or cracked black pepper. My other upcoming recipe is my Mammina Loreta's Ciambelle which are softer more pretzel like savory items. Grazie!

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over 1 year ago cucina di mammina

Hello gloria noto,
Thanks for your comment, I am actually not sure you can substitute anything for the wine as this is the main flavor ingredient in this simple recipe. The good news, however, is I am currently working on reviving another old famiglia recipe for Taralli which are a cracker/biscuit-like that has no wine or sugar but includes anise seed and black pepper in one variation. You can visit my food blog and if you subscribe, you will receive this recipe as soon as it posts (I will be sharing here as well) www.cucinadimammina.com

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over 1 year ago cucina di mammina

Hello again Trees,
I am so happy to hear you tried my recipe! This is a very old family recipe and, yes they were not meant to be dessert sweet but rather a snack to be eaten with savory cheeses, cured meats, fruit and of course a glass of red wine.

You can add more sugar if you prefer, just remember this will change your texture a bit and it might affect your cooking time so please adjust as needed.

I would love to hear from you again, please touch base and let me know how your next batch turns out.
Grazie tante!

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over 1 year ago Trees

My dad liked the first batch so much that I just made a second one! I used olive oil this time – definitely better than using a more neutral oil. And I used 2.5 cups all purpose flour, 2 cups 6 grain, which I think made the flavor better.

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over 1 year ago cucina di mammina

Sounds great, Trees! Really happy to hear your Dad enjoyed these. I like that you mixed up the flour variety, I may have to try this in the future too, great tip :) Don't forget that these freeze beautifully so you can make a double batch and freeze some for later.

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over 1 year ago Trees

Don't these need baking powder?

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over 1 year ago cucina di mammina

No baking powder is needed as they really don't rise, but result in a cracker or crunchy biscuit-like texture. I hope you try this recipe and let me know what you think.

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over 1 year ago Trees

I did try it! I halved the recipe and added baking powder. I was expecting them to be more like a cookie, like traditional biscotti, but they are more like a cross between a cracker and a cookie. The next time I make them, I think I'll try to push them in a sweeter direction.

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over 1 year ago gloria noto

I can't have wine , what may I substitute
thank you gloria

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about 1 year ago Sophia R

Although these cookies take some of their flavour from the wine (which gives them a bit of tang), I know a variation which uses milk instead of the wine. If you use olive oil rather than a neutral tasting oil you should still get an interesting tasting cookie with some of the grassy notes of the oil coming through - if that is too subtle, you could always add some lemon zest to the dough or anise or fennel seeds (both a common ingredient in these cookies).