Oh my goodness, it’s almost Christmas. I am not as prepared as I’d like to be, because Mother Nature decided this is as good a time as any to send the Mother of All Life Changes and give me the gift of, a somewhat early, menopause! (As if dealing with a spinal nerve cyst and surgery wasn’t enough in one year!)
I think the Universe gives me more credit than I deserve, by thinking I can handle so many changes at once. Oh well, it is what it is and life is too precious to whine and complain (not that I haven’t), so now you know why I’ve been absent for so long, and I thank those of you who have missed me and expressed it in email or by phone.
I haven’t been doing a whole lot of cooking or baking. My husband has been forced to learn to cook, and I must say, he is doing quite well. As a matter of fact, I’m feeling a bit threatened by his ability to make spaghetti sauce that tastes so much like mine. It’s a good thing I didn’t tell him how to make the cassata. That cassata recipe is going with me to my grave. ;)
Life is a mystery, kind of like the box of chocolate Forrest Gump talked about. It’s also like trying a new recipe. Sometimes you get a prize winning dish, sometimes it’s mediocre, and other times it’s an absolute disaster. That pretty much sums up my year. The thing to remember, is when you get the disaster, you must never forget that a prize day is sure to follow. It always does. Always.
Speaking of a prize–I found an amazing recipe for biscotti, on Epicurious.com. I made a few changes, and now I have the best biscotti I’ve ever made in my life! I want to share the recipe, and the changes I made, with all of you.
Click on link above for recipe.
The following are my ingredient changes:
I added 2 Tbsp coarsely grated orange zest, instead of 1 Tbsp
3 Tbsp Orange Contreau- instead of 2 Tbsp Orange Liqueur
1/2 tsp orange extract
6 ounces Chocolate Chunks (60%), instead of bittersweet chocolate
I do not like my biscotti rock hard. I baked the first baking for 20-25 minutes and the second baking about 15 minutes. My family prefers them lightly toasted on the outside, but still tender.
Bon Appetit hit the jackpot with this recipe!
I love how pretty the dough looks with the orange zest, chocolate, and pecans!
After first bake
The flavors of this cookie take me back to when I was a child, visiting my Italian grandparents in upstate New York. Orange and chocolate in a cookie, is like a bit of heaven, or nirvana, or whatever blissful place you wish to visit!
Happy baking and Happy holidays!