I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to share this biscotti recipe with you. It doesn’t contain ANY fat! Zero, ziltch, added fat. Well, apart from the fat in the almonds, which doesn’t count, it’s good fat!
Traditional biscotti isn’t made with fat, simply flour, eggs and sugar. And we’re not talking your average starbucks biscotti here with a trilion ingredients. These are simple, delicious and taste luxurious. They’re a little hard, mind, but that’s part of the fun.
When I have a baking itch- these are often what I’ll turn to to help me resist the temptation of chocolate brownies. Then I’ll stash the batch away in a tin in my kitchen, knowing that they’re pretty much guilt-free, and they’ll last a few weeks too.
170g plain flour
100g caster sugar
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg white
100g chopped almonds (chop whole ones yourself for added texture)
2 tbsp orange zest (approx 1 orange)
Preheat oven to 180deg centigrade and grease a baking sheet.
Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Beat in the egg and then mix in the almonds and orange zest. The mixture will be quite dry. Knead the dough by hand until a small ball forms.
Roll the dough into a log approx 10″ long and place it on the baking sheet. Press it down until approx 6″ wide.
Bake for 25 mins. Cool on a rack. When cool enough to handle cut into 1″ slices or as thin as you can.
Place the slices back on the sheet and return to the oven for 20 mins.
Cool on a rack.
Enjoy with coffee at the end of a meal instead of dessert or as an afternoon treat