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almond biscotti with chocolate orange drizzle.

Last weekend i stayed at my mum's to look after her very cheeky little dog whilst she was away. On the Friday, I got a text saying "I've put a bottle of wine in the fridge for you and ingredients for almond biscotti, if you fancy it." Not one for being subtle, I knew that the rose was actually a mini bribe for the being a tray of biscotti in her kitchen come Sunday afternoon. 

I'm not quite sure why she requested biscotti as I've never made it before and feared it might be like the time she asked me to make scones (something she is amazing at anyway) and I accidentally used salt. Actually, I'm pretty pleased as it's not something I'd made before and think it would make for really cute homemade gift.

The recipe she left was this bbc almond biscotti one, which gave you options for various flavours and toppings such as pistachio and cranberry and hazelnut and date with a hot mocha dipping sauce. I went for the classic almond as in the recipe and then drizzled chocolate orange on top.

Shopping list
Makes twelve
♥ Two eggs
♥ 150g caster sugar
♥ 150g plain flour 
♥ 50g flaked almonds, plus 20g for the topping
♥ Half a tsp baking powder
♥ 100g chocolate
♥ One orange

Preheat your oven to 160 degrees, gas mark 3. 

Mix together the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl. Then add in the eggs. If you have read my blog years back, you may recognise the infamous chopping board from when I lived at home.

Stir in the flaked almonds.

Carefully spoon out in two rectangular sausage like shapes, on a baking paper lined tray.

Remove after 25 minutes. Then slice into twelve equal slices and arrange back on the tray.

Return to the oven for 10 - 15 minutes. You can always finish off baking the off cuts too - waste not want not hey! Plus they are great for dipping in the sauce later!

Whilst they cool, melt 100g chocolate with the zest and half the juice of an orange.

Drizzle over the biscotti, followed by a sprinkling of the remaining almonds.

Enjoy with a cup of coffee - mine is an Americano with extra milk and two sugars please.

What combination would you try? I like the idea of pistachio and white chocolate next!

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