Tuesday, June 22

Dreamy biscotti

At the end of April, we bought a gas oven with a convection feature.  I have used the range without reservation, but was hesitant to use the convection.  Many people have told me that I should be very careful when using it for the first several times because the food would probably get burned due to the difference in temperature.  I think that is why it took me this long to attempt anything.

You would think I would have tested it on a recipe for just Brent and I, but I decided to wait until we had a house full of company before baking something.  I would try a fairly easy recipe that I had attempted before with my old oven.  The recipe came from all-recipes.com, and it was called double chocolate biscotti.

The first time I made this recipe it was a hit. With ingredients including butter, sugar, cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and white chocolate, to name a few, how could it not be good?   This time I didn't know what to expect.

Several hours before my company arrived, I rolled up my sleeves and started mixing the ingredients.  The first good sign was a dough with a perfectly moist consistency.  Next there was a mouthwatering taste of the dough.  Still, my biggest fear was that after all of this hard work, while it was enjoyable, I would put the soft, tasty dough in my new oven and it would burn to a crisp, causing smoke alarms to sound, and the smell of burnt biscotti would welcome my guests as they walked through the door.

I did not have a "plan B."  This had to work.  I was careful to keep a close eye on the contents in the oven.  The aroma of delicate chocolatey, buttery dough filled the air.  So far, so good.  I took the two logs out a few minutes early to prevent them from burning.  They weren't quite cooked, so I put them in the oven for a second time to complete the cooking time.  They were perfectly baked.

After cooling the logs for an hour, I cut them into the biscotti and baked them once on either side.  I am not sure why they turned out so well; whether it was the oven or the ingredients.  Most likely it was a combination of both, but they were decadent.  If you are looking for a perfect dessert that is sure to please, look this one up on All-recipes.com and then come on over and bake with me :)  I can't think of a more fun way to spend an afternoon!  


Kortney said...

This sounds DELICIOUS! Yum, yum! My mom has a convection oven and loves it. I'm glad it worked so well for you, too!

Darlene said...

Yes, it is going to be fun to use :)




Italy trip

I have been going through my pictures, and have enjoyed looking at this album of Italy. I was able to go over last year to attend a conference. This was the first time I have been back in twenty years. The pictures are made up mostly of places we lived as a family. My brother and I were able to go together, and we were graciously hosted by some friends of ours from language school in Perugia. I feel such a sense of nostalgia when I look at these pictures. I miss Italy so much. It was strange to go back as a tourist knowing I would be returning to the US after such a short time. Tonight I made cookies with Nutella in them, and I remembered how much I enjoyed the simple pleasures. Fortunately, you can find it here! Saturday, we are going up to my brother's house to celebrate a late Thanksgiving, only we will be making homemade tortellini instead of turkey. Happy Thanksgiving!