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Biscottio |

Are you feeling snacky and scoffy? Then have some biscotti! Specifically these delightful tooth workout chocolate cantucci. This recipe is from Inside the Rustic Kitchen.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour

Makes: 8-10 biscuits


100g flour

25g cocoa powder

75g sugar

2 eggs

1/2 tbsp honey

1/2tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

100g dark chocolate

1. I should have brought you flour

Put your oven to work and preheat it to 180c. Then line a baking tray with parchment.

Next mix all of your dry ingredients: sift 100g flour and 25g cocoa powder into a large bowl (that's a venti bowl for all you Italian/ Starbucks officinados). Add 75g sugar and a pinch of salt and mix until everything is chocolate powder coloured.

In a seperate bowl, crack in 1 egg and add the yolk of one other, seperating the whites into another bowl for later. Add 1/2 tbsp honey and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and whisk together.

Well, well, well - make a well in the centre of the dry mixture. Pour in the extravagant egg mix and mix with the dry ingredients using a fork.

Once a rough dough has formed add 50g dark chocolate cut into small chunks. Knead the dough with your hands, it will be very dry but keep kneading! It will come together in time.

Form the dough into a ball. Shape the ball into a log and then press it to 2cm thick and 10cm wide. Place on the baking tray and brush with a little of your reserved egg whites. Bake for 25 minutes.

2. Chop chop

After 25 minutes, remove your glorified chocolate log from the oven. Turn the oven down to 130c. Get those cantucci looking authentic, maybe they'll be DOP? Chop the chocolate log in diagonals at 1cm intervals and then bake the biscotti for another 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

3. Is your favourite dinosaur a dippy-lodocus?

Heat 50g of dark chocolate in the microwave or in a ban marie until it is melted. Dip half of each cantucci in and set aside to cool. A sprinkle of salt on the chocolate end doesn't go amiss!

Dink and sink!

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "I haven't been the dentist in 5 years, so I am thanking the Gods that this cantucci didn't break my teeth - but it was very close (and maybe a broken tooth would have made me go to the dentist...). I liked the flavour of this, they tasted like the iconic ocotopus biscuits of our childhood, but dried out in the saharan sun. I probably would go back and make these in a rush because they took a fair amount of time and weren't the chocolatey fix that I'd usually go for. 6/10 "

Kate says: "This was one of the rare opportunities where we got to taste both of our creations due to a reunion in the UK! I think our biscuits were fairly equally matched, but I definitely could have done with an extra flavour in the biscuits as they were very chocolatey. My suggestion was orange but Lizzy almost disowned me when I suggested that so I'm not 100% sure if that's the right choice..? This was a very easy recipe though and could be good to play around with 7/10"

6.5/10 Gasps


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