National Chocolate Week: Chocolate Biscotti

In honour of National Chocolate Week which starts tomorrow (10th-16th October) I bring you a variation on a well-known twice-baked Italian cake which I have been itching to make for quite a while. Biscotti, or biscotti di Prato which in literal terms means biscuits of Prato, as a result of the method by which they are cooked are very dry and crunchy which makes them perfect for either a long and arduous journey such as a Crusade or, more commonly, with coffee. Generally they are made with almonds and the only reason that I have deviated from the classic recipe is the imminent arrival of the aforementioned celebration. However, fear not, as I promise with hand on heart, as well as fingers forcibly separated, to deliver the classic version in the not too distant future.

As for variations on a theme of this recipe, one may add pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, chocolate chips or coffee to the uncooked dough – each will give it a rather individual flavour and texture, though I have opted for the good ol’ plain biscotti.

I realise this blurb is rather short but I’ve spent literally all day in the kitchen cooking all manner of culinary delights and really must crack on with my pot of Welsh cawl. Enjoy the biscotti, they are truly delicious.

Chocolate Biscotti

Makes 15-20

Ingredients:

• 180g plain flour

• 40g cocoa powder

• 1 heaped tsp baking powder

• 120g golden caster sugar

• 2 eggs

• A pinch of salt

• Optional extras, as mentioned above

Method:

1. Heat the oven to 160C and line a large baking tin with greaseproof paper. Mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt thoroughly in a large bowl. Whisk the eggs lightly in a separate bowl, before adding the sugar and mixing until uniform. Stir the wet mixture into the dry and beat until a soft dough has been formed. Gently knead the dough on a heavily floured surface for a minute or so.

2. Form the soft dough into a long and fairly thin log, bake this in the oven for around 20 minutes, or until it has a firm crust.

3. Cut the crust into slices 1-1.5 cm thick. Return the slices to the oven dish and bake them for a further 15-20 minutes, this dries them out and gives them a crunchy quality. Let them cool before devouring.

Cost: Without adding any optional extras these delicious little twice-cooked cakes should cost no more than around 80p to produce. I was stunned when I realised biscotti in Costa or Starbucks cost in excess of £1 each!

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79 comments on “National Chocolate Week: Chocolate Biscotti

  1. movita beaucoup
    October 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WEEK? Why is this the first I’m hearing of what should be an internationally recognized holiday? I’m obviously going to a) make these biscotti, and b) consume as much chocolate as humanly possible this week.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 11:00 am

      Indeed! My mother just mentioned it to me, so I thought I had better celebrate the occasion. Look out for a chocolate tarte or torte later in the week, I can;t decide which. Don’t kill yourself by chocolate please.

  2. Meredith LeBlanc
    October 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Not a huge fan of biscotti, being a southern lady, I’m tempted to try these. I’ll let you know. First I’ll have to convert grams to cups;-) I’m inspired to post my son’s favorite chocolate pie in honor of the chocolate recognition week.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

      I don’t know what the connection between not liking biscotti and being southern is, but ok :D There are conversion tables on the sidebar of my blog. You should!

  3. ceciliag
    October 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Your pictures made this look so simple maybe even i could try these! c

  4. LittleMrsOrganized
    October 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Yum I love biscotti! It sounds surprisingly easy – definitely gonna have to make some! I’ll be watching for the classic version :)

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

      They really are very very easy! I can’t wait to tackle the classic version.

  5. lambyknits01
    October 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    It looks like a giant Tootsie Roll before it’s baked :) I bet these are perfect for dunking!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Haha! I thought it looked like a slightly odd chocolate baguette.

  6. Just A Smidgen
    October 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    This looks so delicious.. I’ve been faithfully tagging all the biscotti recipes on WordPress and plan to try some soon!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

      Ahha! You can’t go far wrong with these.

  7. Prerna
    October 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Gorgeous! Have to try these out… may cure me of this godawful flu/allergy that’s been plaguing me!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 11:03 am

      They may do! I’ve heard much of the medical properties of biscotti.

  8. Savory Simple
    October 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Yum!

  9. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    October 9, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Those look great. Biscotti is one of my favorites and we’ve never tried chocolate.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Neither had I. I guess it’s almost sacrilege, but they taste wonderful.

  10. thelegaltart
    October 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    It may not be chocolate week here in Oz but i may try this anyway. Yum!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 11:04 am

      You could make it chocolate week? Have your own little island of Britishness.

  11. Kimby
    October 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I knew there had to be a reason I was craving chocolate… thanks for this spectacular biscotti variation to kick off National Chocolate Week!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 11:04 am

      This must have been it quite frankly. I can’t wait to use more chocolate this week.

  12. Annie
    October 10, 2011 at 12:11 am

    I love chocolate and I love biscotti! Looks de-lish!

  13. leneatiengo
    October 10, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Oh, wow, I have never made any biscotti before, didn’t know it was National Chocolate Week, either! The biscotti look fabulous!

    Happy National Chocolate Week!

  14. Ria
    October 10, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I’ve never made my own biscotti before, but I think I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 11:08 am

      You should, biscotti are perfect with tea or coffee.

  15. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    October 10, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Love a good biscotti, and the fact that it’s national Chocolate Week!

  16. Clarisse@TheTummyTrain
    October 10, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Mmmm looks super chocolatey! That last photo especially! Two of my favourite things rolled into one.

  17. The Southern Lady
    October 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    This looks wonderful. I wish I had some with my coffee right now. I am happy to know it is National Chocolate Week, too, and your soup below looks so good. Have a great day.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks! Make some, they are so quick and simple.

  18. Sibella
    October 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I love biscotti with my morning cappuccino! These look incredibly delicious! Will put on my ‘to try’ list! :)

  19. gardenfreshtomatoes
    October 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Ok, this American is going to co-opt your National Chocolate Week… I’m sure we have one too, but yours is RIGHT NOW.
    And ‘now’ and ‘chocolate’ just go together… :D

  20. ForwardFoodie
    October 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Biscotti is my coffee addiction’s best friend (particularly when of the chocolate variety). Looks delish!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      they are really yummy! Perfect with a coffee.

  21. kathyskandjblog
    October 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Looks and sounds delicious! I’m going to try it. Thanks. Kathy

  22. Alyson
    October 10, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Oh yum! I haven’t ever found a good choc biscotti recipe – I’m craving a slice with a good coffee right now.

  23. Janis
    October 11, 2011 at 1:04 am

    There exists a National Chocolate WEEK?!?!? oh boy! And this looks phenomenal. I’m just about ready to stop at the soft dough. That alone looks yummy!

  24. crumblyplum
    October 11, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Dude! Thank you, been wanting to try biscotti for ages and now you’ve given me a recipe…and chocolate to boot ;-) Can’t wait to try!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      I aim to please – let me know how they turn out.

  25. Jay
    October 11, 2011 at 11:37 am

    wow…sounds scrumptiously tasty..
    first time here..love your space..
    very interesting recipe collection with excellent cliks..
    Am your happy follower now..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  26. thelittleloaf
    October 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Your biscotti look delicious – great post! Weirdly for me I haven’t baked anything chocolatey this week – the one week a year when I should be :-) This has inspired me though – planning to make some of your biscotti tomorrow eve, yum!

  27. Errign
    October 11, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    National Chocolate week? I’m in.

    I love biscotti, though I rarely eat them and have never made them myself. I think I’d like to make some pumpkin ones..

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      I know! How can one not be?! Give it a shot!

  28. Pat
    October 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks for telling me about National Chocolate Week AND for showing me step by step pictures of how to make biscotti. I’ve always wanted to try it but never have and now you’ve motivated me. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Pat

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      No problem! I hope they turn out very well for you.

  29. Aimee@clevermuffin
    October 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    They look good! I love dunking biscuits, defined as any biscuit I can dunk in my cup of tea. Yum!

  30. testerfoodblog
    October 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Very nice tutorial and pictures!

  31. Hayley (Oat Couture)
    October 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Oooh these look amazing!! I tried to ‘healthify’ a biscotti recipe once… didn’t work and I have definitely learnt my lesson! Full fat is the way to go! :)

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      It is, they are only small anyway, no need to make them healthy – besides not everything needs to be healthy.

  32. Edyth Miles
    October 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    I just love biscotti and these look wonderful. I think I’ll give them a try on the weekend.

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

      I love it when people actually make my recipes :D. In reply to your other comment :- I think I should change my definition of frugal to making things considerably cheaper than they are to buy, not simply under £2 per portion.

  33. Edyth Miles
    October 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    PS your point on the cost of the biscotti is an interesting one, and I’m often shocked at what places like Costa and Nero charge for their cakey things. I can make a large baked cheesecake (23cm tin) for under a fiver, especially when Philadelphia cheese is on special, yet the shops charge around £3.50 per slice! It’s outrageous, especially considering their buying power.

  34. cravingsgoneclean
    October 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Those look great! And thanks for the wonderful reminder to celebrate chocolate!

  35. Ashley@BakerbyNature
    October 14, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Oh yes, this is one of my favorite treats to have with coffee. Looks like you did this wonderful Italian cookie justice.

  36. Stephanie
    October 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    How did I not know it was national chocolate week? This looks amazing.I make biscotti for my Mom, and I think she and I would both enjoy this one!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      I have no idea! Let me know if they go to plan.

  37. Veggie V! @ Veggie V's Vegan Adventure
    October 16, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    How did I not know about National Chocolate Week?!

    • frugalfeeding
      October 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Perhaps you’ve not got your brain in tune to food weeks?

  38. onepinkmacaroon
    October 18, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Looks amazing, I made a chocolate chip biscotti once but this sounds really delicious :) why am I another who didn’t hear about so completely missed this week!?

    • frugalfeeding
      October 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

      Thanks so much! They sound good too. It was in Britain not America I think.

  39. alexandra
    October 29, 2011 at 1:17 am

    I love biscotti :) Looks great!

  40. Food,Photography & France
    November 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    That has to be tried – looks great

  41. Laura Leigh Goyer
    January 4, 2012 at 5:20 am

    There’s a National Chocolate Week? How could I not have known that? I’ve marked it on my calendar so I don’t miss it next year!

    This look delicious!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

      There is! Though, to be fair, this was the first I had heard of it.

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