Friday, August 12, 2005

Biscotti or the Bomb

Whilst shopping in town for biscotti ingredients there was a bomb scare in the Quadrant and rumours of a second 'bomb' behind Wilkinsons. The police took the precaution of sectioning off this area and stopped buses from running from the Quadrant thereby creating havoc in Swansea city centre as people rushed around in a panic desperately attempting to flag down the Number 2 to Newton from the middle of the Kingsway. Eventually they resumed normal service having realised that the whole fiasco was just a false alarm.
This reminded me of a similar incident in Hereford city centre a few years ago when a suspcious looking device was found on the train station platform and was subsequently blown up by the army; it turned out to be a homemade guitar pedal which was a Cathedral School pupil's GCSE technology project.
Better safe than sorry.

Now for the biscotti which turned out brilliantly and I'm really not much of a baker.
This recipe was nicked from An American Mama in Berlin although I used Green and Blacks Organic Dark chocolate and stuck with the pine nuts.

Anything Goes Biscotti
1 egg
100 g powdered sugar
vanilla (use your best judgement here - I think a teaspoon or two would do)
50 g chopped almonds, toasted (hazelnuts, walnuts, your husband's nuts...they all work fine here)
50 g good dark chocolate (get fancy here, guys - lindt, imported real American chocolate chips, etc.)
50 g pinenuts (this is where you can get creative, and frankly i would recommend that as opposed to pinenuts, which just sound downright nasty. so get funky! use studentenfutter - i think that is trail mix in english even though it sounds like it should be hamster pellets, or some museli, raisins, whatever)
125 g flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  1. Shape batter into a loaf formation in the bottom of a greased baking tray (don't freak out if there doesn't seem to be much moisture as the egg is really all you need to bind the ingredients).
  2. Bake 25 mins at 200C or gas mark 6
  3. Cut into slices and bake for 10-15 mins longer.
  4. Sit back and relax, maybe watch an episode of Seinfeld whilst the biscotti cools and hardens.

Enjoy - this biscotti is the bomb!

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