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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Spiced Apple Biscotti with Caramel Sauce & Crumble Dip

Whilst I've made cookies and biscuits lots and lots of times, I've never made Biscotti. I think I've only actually eaten it once too, and that was whilst on holiday in Italy and I'd bought some from a bakery. I was really disappointed that it was so hard, and not at all like I'd expected it to be. That bad experience has scarred me for the past 10 years, and however tempting the biscotti looks I never buy it, and instead settle for something that I know won't disappoint.

As it was biscuit week in the Great British Bake Off tent this week I knew I had to make biscotti, as I really didn't have the time to be making a biscuit box or puff pastry, and biscotti didn't seem to be too difficult.

After watching the show on Tuesday night I wished that I'd made my biscotti beforehand, as everything was so tense and I started to wonder if biscotti was more difficult than I thought.

First of all I decided to make some gluten free biscotti (recipe coming soon) to give away to a friend, modifying a recipe from one of my cookery books, and then modified it again to make this spiced apple flavour. I think I underbaked a little on the the first bake as the dough towards the centre was still a little soft, but I'm guessing that the baking time will differ depending on the added ingredients. I'm hoping that when I make biscotti again they will turn out a little neater, and more uniform in size - I don't think Mr H would've been happy with how these looked!

The kids loved them, and the warm caramel sauce softened the biscuit up a little, but I discovered later on that a quick dunk in strong black coffee before dipping in the caramel was even better. Afterwards I thought that maybe I should've made a custard instead of the caramel, to give it that real apple crumble and custard flavour, so maybe next time I'll do that.

Spiced Apple Biscotti with Caramel Sauce & Crumble Dip


Spiced Apple Biscotti with Caramel Sauce & Crumble Dip


Biscotti
250g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
150g caster sugar
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

2 medium eggs
150g dried apple
  • Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, spices and vanilla together in a large bowl
  • Add the eggs and mix together until it forms a dough
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead in the apple
  • Cut the dough in half and roll each half into a fat sausage
  • Lay the dough on a floured baking sheet and bake in a preheated 160C oven for approx 30 minutes
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes 
  • Slice each log into 1cm slices, on the diagonal
  • Return to the oven and bake for a further 15 minutes, until lightly browned
  • Allow to cool on a wire rack

Caramel sauce - I used carnation caramel this time, but have a recipe here for caramel sauce if you would prefer to make it

Crumble dip
100g plain flour (tip from my dad is to use Gluten free flour for a more crisp crumble!)
50g butter
50g caster sugar
  • rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs
  • stir in the sugar
  • bake in a preheated 180C oven for approx 20 minutes, until lightly golden
  • allow to cool fully and crisp up


Spiced Apple Biscotti with Caramel Sauce & Crumble Dip Spiced Apple Biscotti with Caramel Sauce & Crumble Dip
modelled so well by my 14 year old

Spiced Apple Biscotti with Caramel Sauce & Crumble Dip



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