Fig and Walnut Biscotti

Fig and Walnut Biscotti

Yield: About 30

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes total

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

1¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon coarse salt
¾ teaspoon anise seed
3 eggs
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cup coarsely chopped dried figs (6 ounces)
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and anise seed. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until they're thick and pale yellow, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the orange zest.

3. Fold the egg mixture into the flour mixture until combined. Fold in the figs and walnuts.

4. Turn out the dough onto a well-floured surface and divide in two. With floured hands, shape into two logs, about 2½ inches wide and 8 to 10 inches long. Place on prepared baking sheet.

5. Bake until the dough is firm but gives slightly when pressed, about 25 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let cool 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.

6. Cut each log on the diagonal into ½-inch-thick slices; places slices, cut side up, on sheet. Bake for 7 minutes, flip biscotti, and bake 7 minutes more. transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

(Recipe adapted from Everyday Food, March 2010)