Recipe Keeper #4: Walnut Biscotti

When I was young my parents would take us to my grandparents' Wisconsin cabin where my grandmother would greet us with an array of baked goodies and savory meals. One of my favorite treats she would make is walnut biscotti. It's been years since I've had her biscotti, however, for my wedding shower she gave me her recipe, written on the original recipe card.



Notice the "(Kelli likes)" in the upper right corner.



What I like most about making my own biscotti is that I save a lot of money! I mean, you can buy biscotti from coffee shops or bakeries, but you'll spend a small fortune. You could also get biscotti from the grocery store, but that's like buying packages cookies; they're no good. Save yourself some money and make some walnut biscotti at home.

I made her biscotti last winter (for some reason, this is a winter treat in my house) and I can't wait to make it again this winter. In case you also enjoy biscotti with a pumpkin spice latte, like yours truly, here's the recipe to make it at home - -

You'll need: 
For the biscotti - 
2 c. flour
3/4 c finely chopped, toasted walnuts
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/4 c. oil
1 T. vanilla

For the topping - 
1 egg white
1 T. water
Sugar

Directions: 
Combine flour, nuts, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Beat sugar and eggs until thick and lemon-colored.
Add oil and vanilla, and beat for 2 minutes.
Add the flour mixture, and beat for 2 minutes. Dough will be soft and sticky.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface. Shape into two logs and put on greased cookie sheet. Brush with the egg white and water mixture and sprinkle the sugar on top.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Cool for 15 minutes.
Slice the biscotti, put back in the oven for 15 more minutes at 300 degrees. Turn over and bake for 15 more minutes.
Remove.
Cool.

Dunk in hot chocolate.

Or coffee.

Either way, enjoy.

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