Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Parmesan-Peppercorn Biscotti for #Tarasbiscottibaby


Tara of Tara's Multicultural Table is having had a baby! Congratulations, Mamma ! Both are happy and healthy though the baby did decide to come a wee bit early.


In typical foodie fashion, her virtual baby shower is all about food - biscotti to be exact. Thanks for hosting, Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook.

I've done a fair share of sweet biscotti - Spiced Chestnut Biscotti, Birthday Biscotti, Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Biscotti, and even a Chocolate-Kalamata Cantucci. But, given my bent for experimenting and my decided lack of a sweet tooth, I opted to go savory. No real surprise there, right?

Biscotti, in Italian, simply means 'twice-cooked.' The second baking gives these savory biscotti a beautiful crisp texture while the parmesan adds a richness and the peppercorns lend a piquant bite. Yum.


Ingredients
  • 1/3 C melted butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C whole milk ricotta
  • 3-1/2 C white whole wheat flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 2 C shredded parmesan + more for sprinkling
  • 2 T whole peppercorns (I used a mixture of white, pink, black, and green)

Procedure
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Grind peppercorns to a powder. I started with a mortar and pestle, ended up using my coffee grinder

In a large bowl, mix together butter, eggs, and ricotta. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and pepper; mix into egg mixture to form a stiff dough. Knead in parmesan.

Divide dough in thirds, and shape each piece into a roll the length of the cookie sheet. Place rolls on cookie sheet, and pat down to flatten the dough to 1-inch thick. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F


When cool enough to touch, cut into 3/4-inch thick diagonal slices. Place sliced biscotti on cookie sheet, and bake an additional 15 minutes on each side, or until toasted and crispy. To finish, sprinkle with more shredded cheese and a dash of pepper. Bake for a final 10 minutes.


Congratulations...and cheers for new babies. Thanks, Lauren, for hosting such a great event.

Here are the rest of the party participants!

Biscotti Bites from Nicole at I am a Honey Bee
Parmesan-Peppercorn Biscotti from Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Spa Water from of Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

27 comments:

  1. This recipe is so intriguing! What a wonderful appetizer - perfect for any party. Thank you for helping me celebrate Tara!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. Hope Tara feels celebrated!!! Thanks, again, for hosting.

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  2. Oh now I definitely need to try some savory biscotti. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

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    1. Do...I had to bake it longer than a sweet biscotti. I'm not sure why.

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  3. I don't know where my comment went... :-( I think I made some mistake... sorry!

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    1. It's okay, Sally. You commented on a different post. ;)

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  4. ADORE savory biscotti! Lovely! Wonderful to be at the "party" with you!

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  5. What a fantastic idea to do a savory biscotti!!! I love it!!

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    1. I always go savory when I have a choice.

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  6. Thank you so much!! Yum, I have never made a savory biscotti before. Looks delicious!

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  7. I played around with the idea of making a savory biscotti, but in the end chocolate won (this time). Yours sound so good and now I can't wait to try some savory flavors as well!

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    1. Chocolate would have won if I asked anyone else in my household.

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  8. I knew I could count on you to do something completely different! :D Love it - love all of your ideas and creativity! :)

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    1. Haha. I DO have a reputation to maintain, don't I?!?

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  9. I love the idea of a savory biscotti! These look great!

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  10. Oh this looks so delicious! I am going to have to make a batch tomorrow

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  11. These look amazing Camilla! I very nearly made a savory biscotti, but my sweet tooth won out! What did you serve them with? Or were they just a magnificent snack?

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    1. I poured a sauvignon blanc...probably not appropriate for a baby shower, but it was delicious.

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  12. This sounds so interesting! I love the idea of a savory biscotti!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. You should definitely try it!

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  13. a savory biscotti!!!! OMG such a good idea. I can't resist flavors like this. yay cheese!!

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