Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Master Baker #2: Easter Candy

My review of this recipe: Super easy to make, super colorful, super yummy in taste-not so great in texture.
I am a total texture eater so this wasn't really my cup of tea. The concept of a jelly bean really comes through in this recipe-a really sticky spot of gel in the middle of a cookie. In the future I will stick to eating cookies and jelly beans, separately!
I sent them off with Jake to his rehearsal and they were a hit! The leftovers went home with a single man around 50 who doesn't get baked goods very often. I'm glad I could make him something special.

Easter Biscotti
Source: Culinary in the Country
Photo: my kitchen


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs, divided - at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
12 ounces Jelly Beans


Preheat the oven to 375°

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.

Add in the flour mixture and mix just until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the Jelly Beans. The dough may be a bit sticky.

Scoop dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 2 pieces. Take one half and roll lightly back and forth making a log about the length of your baking sheet. Carefully place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat with the second piece.

Using wet fingers if the dough is sticky, flatten each log a bit.

In a small bowl, whisk the remaining egg and brush evenly over each log.

Bake for about 23-28 minutes or until they are slightly golden brown.

Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10-15 minutes. (I cooled them for quite a while and they still seemed to crumble a bit when I cut them.) Using a serrated knife, carefully slice them on the diagonal into about 1/2" slices. Stand each slice back on the baking sheet - it is ok if they touch.

Bake for another 10-12 minutes until the edges turn a slight golden brown. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

1 comment:

CB said...

How fun!! Love the colors. :)