Ellie Krieger’s chocolate cherry-almond biscotti

I have a crazy back log of posts I want to do (including more on my vacation to China!) so I’ll start with a recipe that I just have to share with you guys.  About a month ago, my grandma from Israel arrived at my parents’ house (she’s going to be living with them for a little while) and I wanted to greet her with one of her favorite baked goods – biscotti.  Now I’m not much of a biscotti fan, so this was certainly my first attempt at making them.  I haven’t had too many disasters in the kitchen so I figured I’d try (oh yeah, and I also purchased a box of no pudge brownies just in case this didn’t work out 😉 ).  I went with a chocolate cherry-almond biscotti recipe by Ellie Krieger (love her!) to make them a little bit healthier.  It was a learning experience.  My biscotti was a bit ugly (note: a really sharp knife is key!) but the taste was amazing! In fact, I think I’m now a biscotti convert.  It took a lot of will power on my part not to eat half the loaf before arriving at my parents’ doorsteps.  I did consume lots of crumbs (and really ugly pieces) and loved every bite!
Here are some photos for you to document the baking process (scroll over for descriptions).  There are quite a few steps, so be patient.  The end result is well worth it!  Enjoy 😀

biscotti ingredients

the dry ingredients

whisking the eggs, sugar, oil, etc.

adding the flour

the mixins

chopped mixins

the dough

forming a 10" log

transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake

log cooling after 25 minutes of baking

cut the log into slices - the hardest part!

slices baking

and now cooling

biscotti slice closeup

my slice

Oh and in case you’re wondering, grandma was happy 😀

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