Anise Biscotti

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Author Notes: About 2 years ago I moved away from my favorite Italian bakery. Visiting them on vacation has not satisfied me. I still have cravings for Anisette Toasts. I've spent the past 3 months working on my own recipe. I'm finally able to satiate my desire.breadandbeta

Food52 Review: I was a little skeptical at first when I started making this recipe, but sticking to the recipe is worth it for a tasty biscotti! Instead of a firm dough, the mixture resulted in a loose batter that was poured into a cake pan -- a unique method that was simple and produced a great textured biscotti. I might try this base with different flavors in the future! The amount of anise it called for seemed excessive, but it tastes just right... not too sweet, and not overly anise-y. The crushed anise seeds also provide just the right seedy crunch. In the steps, it says to "Cook an additional 10-15 minutes, to brown on each side." I wasn't sure if this meant 10-15 min total, or 10-15 min for each side... it turned out to be the latter (to achieve that perfect biscotti texture). The flavor was good, as was the texture, and the recipe was very easy to follow. It was tasty with my coffee the next morning, and the BF loved it! - Loves Food Loves to EatThe Editors

Serves 25-30 cookies

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons anise extract
  • 1 1/2 ounces brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon anise seed
  1. Line 13x9x2 baking pan with foil. Grease foil.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. With electric mixer, cream butter.
  4. Add sugar and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add eggs, mixing well after each addition.
  6. Add oil. Mix well.
  7. Combine brandy, vanilla, and anise extract. Add to batter.
  8. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  9. Grind anise seed in mortar and pestle. Add and mix to combine.
  10. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden.
  12. Remove from oven and let cool for a minute.
  13. Remove from pan and peel off foil. Let cool on rack.
  14. Slice in half lengthwise. Slice each part into cookies, approx. 1 inch thick.
  15. Arrange cookies onto baking sheet.
  16. Cook an additional 10-15 minutes, to brown on each side.

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about 4 years ago bottomupfood

I made these and they turned out beautifully. I might increase the anise extract and/or anise seeds next time, but that might be because I love anise more than the average bear. I really liked how the recipe was written up. Curious to know why Loves Food Loves To Eat was skeptical of this recipe. Perhaps because it is so written in such simple, straightforward language? The lack of poetry didn't make the biscotti any worse.


about 4 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Hi bottomupfood, glad you asked (mostly because it reminded me that I should make these again)!

I was skeptical for two reasons, neither of which had to do with the writing style (and, neither of which ended up being warranted, since I loved the way this recipe turned out):

1. All of the biscotti recipes I've made in the past had a firm dough that was formed into shape by hand, rather than a loose batter that was poured into a cake pan. I was unaware that this would produce biscotti with similar texture to my method, but was proven wrong, and was very happy with the results.

2. I was a little nervous that there was too much anise, and that it would be overwhelming (I almost even used less than called for--hence my comment above, about sticking to the recipe), but it ended up cooking out a bit, to where it was just the right amount--or, as you mentioned, could maybe even use more!

I go into a bit more detail in my blog post about Bread and Beta's awesome recipe: http://lovesfoodlovestoeat...


over 5 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

This looks quite lovely. I am looking forward to trying them. Thank you.


over 5 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Testing this tomorrw, can't wait! Planning on sending a batch to my parents for Easter!