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A question about a recipe: Cinnamon and Hazelnut Biscotti (Tozzetti Ebraici)

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I have a question about the recipe "Cinnamon and Hazelnut Biscotti (Tozzetti Ebraici)" from Emiko. This recipe calls for "bittersweet cocoa powder". I have never seen that in a baking recipe. Is that the same as hot cocoa mix? I have both unsweetened and Dutch processed cocoa. Can I use them and add some sugar?

asked by Robert Wolf almost 1 year ago
8 answers 627 views
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Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added almost 1 year ago

I'm confused too. It's a new recipe, so I would send a direct message to Emiko. It seems odd that it only calls for 2 tsp of cocoa. I think either of your cocoas would work. The recipe already contains quite a bit of sugar. To send her a message, go to the recipe, click on her name. When you get to her page, you'll see an envelope. Click on that. I hope she gets to your question soon. I'm very curious about the answer.

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Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added almost 1 year ago

By the way, I meant to add that I'm quite sure she isn't referring to hot cocoa mix. Hopefully she'll solve the mystery. :)

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added almost 1 year ago

Thanks! I just sent Emiko the question directly.

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added almost 1 year ago

Hello! It's Dutch processed cocoa (we use that term in Australia, sorry for the confusion !)! The cocoa is used to add colour to the tozzetti but shouldn't be enough to overwhelm the flavour of the cinnamon (which is the star here) -- that's why there's only a touch of it in there!

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added 12 months ago

Thanks for the clarification. I was eager to try this since I have been making Sfratti, the other famous Italian-Jewish cookie, for many, many years. It's one of my daughter's favorite treats.

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added 12 months ago

Robert, I'd love to know if you'd be happy to share the recipe for sfratti! I am planning on trying to make these too (after tasting them in Pitigliano a couple months ago) and I have Edda Machlin Servi's cookbook, but I'd be interested to see another recipe too if you are happy to share!

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added 12 months ago

Emiko, I also use the Machlin recipe for Sfratti. There are other recipes on the web, but they're all very similar.

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added 12 months ago

Great, thanks, I'll go ahead and try it too! Adore her book.