Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another day, another deluge.

Today is one of those days where I could really just crawl back under the covers & curl up in the warmth of the blankets. The flood warnings continue (oh, wait, when was the last time there wasn't a flood warning here) and the roads are puddled with water, yet again. To add to the excitement, there's snow in the forecast for the weekend. Needless to say, I do not want to leave the house again in 30 minutes, especially to run around with children (especially when their parents are much more stressful with mom looking over your shoulder...PLUS the kids always go running to their mom (of course) when they want something or when something goes's just not a fun time) and of course we'll be trapped in the house the entire time. AND I just got home from babysitting for 6 hours, and of course I got an email this morning saying "Oh, I forgot to tell you, E will be home from school today, so you'll be watching her today too...I hope that's ok." which of course IS ok but I would have liked some more notice, especially since I was still feeling a bit fuzzy from the migraine that sent me to bed at 8 last night. 3 kids under 3? Always a good time!

And if you haven't stopped reading despite all of my horrid whining yet, your reward is this simple message (accompanied by a recipe): Days like these require a strong, piping hot cup of coffee and a plate of perfect biscotti.

This recipe is the perfect simple pleasure for an awful crawl-under-the-covers sort of day.

I love making biscotti, but it takes a little time at home monitoring the oven. Plus there's the cooling and slicing. It's definitely not complicated, but it is time consuming, so it's best to make them when you have some free time & enjoy them slowly. I originally found the recipe at Cookie Madness, and since I didn't have cinnamon or butterscotch chips, I adapted it using ingredients I had on hand. I started with a bag of peanut butter chips I needed to use up, then decided to add white chocolate chips, which I knew would go well with the brown sugar & vanilla (becoming a bit of a butterscotch flavor without being too strong). The amount of chips I used ended up being too much (I couldn't fit them all in the log!) so I revised the recipe below accordingly. I really liked the combination of white chocolate & brown sugar...I think omitting the pb chips & adding more white chocolate might give the biscotti a more simple but richer flavor. I also used white whole wheat flour, because it seems I no longer keep all-purpose in the house, & it worked well.

Small Batch Peanut Butter & Butterscotch Biscotti
adapted from Cookie Madness

1 large egg
1/3 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
1/4 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium mixing bowl, using an electric mixer or wire whisk, beat the egg and sugar until fluffy and light Add the vanilla, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and beat well. Stir in flour. When flour is incorporated, stir in white chocolate & peanut butter chips.

Transfer the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment and shape into a log about 7 inches by 2 ½ inches. Smooth the top and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes or until it’s cool enough to handle.

Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees F.

Cut the logs crosswise on the diagonal into 1/2-inch thick to 3/4 inch thick slices. Stand the biscotti on the cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.

This makes about 16 biscotti.

I usually wet my hands with cold water before shaping the loaf, because this makes it easier to shape. This dough wasn't too sticky, but if you run into any trouble, be sure to try wetting your hands with cold water.

They are a very crunchy cookie, so be sure to dunk them into coffee or tea. Personally, I;ll eat them dry even though I practically break my teeth when I do! I think the flavors are phenomenal both dunked in coffee or alone. Enjoy!


VeggieGirl said...

oh no!! :0( I hope things get better!!

on a brighter note, the biscotti cookies look marvelous!! peanut butter & butterscotch is a HEAVENLY combination. those should DEFINITELY help you feel better :0)

Gretchen Noelle said...

Coffee and chocolate are like medicine, aren't they? Hope things are better!

Gigi said...

Beautiful biscotti! I hope things better really soon!

Sarah said...

Thanks for all your sweet comments! I really made things out to be much worse than they were! Just one of those rainy days when you don't want to leave the comfort of home...

Happy to note that I am currently sitting in my office eating biscotti & sipping coffee, and though I know this weekend will be horrible weather, right now it's sunny & warm! A good way to start the day...hope everyone's (Fri!)day is off to a great start as well.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Sara, good luck with the kids, darling. :)

As for the biscotti, it looks mouthwatering! I have never tried making biscotti at home.

Linda said...

i have still never made my own biscotti. it always intimidates me along with many other baking practices. i'll have to try this one!

eatme_delicious said...

Peanut butter and butterscotch biscotti sounds perfect! Love your modification of the recipe.