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To celebrate the end of the school term and to reward myself for the hard work I’ve done, I decided to make a small batch of biscotti (this was really just an excuse, I just wanted to bake during the weekend!). I had lots of dark chocolate chips and peanut butter at home, so it was only right that I made the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Biscotti from Food Network.

This was my first time making biscotti and it was super easy to make. It was very fun and if you haven’t tried before, I highly recommend trying this recipe out. Simple ingredients, easy steps, exceptional flavour!

I made a few small changes to the original recipe. I added in a tablespoon of cocoa powder (gives it that extra chocolaty flavour) and substituted in walnuts instead of peanuts. The original recipe makes 3 logs, I roughly modified the amount of the ingredients to make 1 log. The recipe posted here reflects the amounts I used for my recipe.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Biscotti

Slighted modified from Food Network

What you’ll need:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4/5 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/5 cup sugar
  • 2/3 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 40g (40ml) peanut butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt butter over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. The butter will foam and when the foaming subsides, the butter will brown fairly quickly. When it starts to brown and develop a nutty aroma, quickly remove from heat and let cool slight. This step should take about 5 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder.
  • In a large bowl, beat the egg with an electric mixer until light and pale yellow. Gradually add sugar while beating. Then, slowly add the butter and vanilla extract until evenly mixed. Add the peanut butter and mix until combined.
  • While mixing slowly, add the dry ingredients to the wet, in 2 additions, mixing just until absorbed.
  • Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips (it will look like an awful lot amount when you dump it into the batter, but trust me, the amount is just right!).
  • Dump the dough onto the parchment paper. Using clean hands, shape the dough into a fat log (about 2-inches wide and 15-inches long).
  • Bake until set and brown around the edges, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Cool log on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lower the oven temperature to 325°F
  • Remove log from baking sheet and place onto cutting board. Cut crosswise at a 45-degree angel into 12 to 14 pieces using a long serrated knife.
  • Place cookies cut side down on the baking sheet. Bake until crisp, about 8 minutes. Flip the cookies over and bake until golden brown, about 8 more minutes.
  • Cook them on the baking sheet. Makes 12 – 14 pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Store well in the freezer for up to 3 months.

I just had a biscotti today after a long walk in the cold, chilly winter afternoon. It was SO good! Nothing can be more relaxing and heart-warming than a crunchy, chocolaty, homemade biscotti dipped in a glass of hot, frothy cocoa! SO good…

How do you like to eat biscotti?

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Maple Glazed Walnuts

Delicious maple-glazed nuts that taste a-a-a-amazing!

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It’s rainy. It’s windy. It’s the winter season approaching Vancouver. What’s better to do in this weather than staying indoors – dry and cozy – and cooking up a delicious snack for myself? I’ve wanted to make Ellie’s Maple Glazed Walnuts for a really long time now, and finally, here it is!

Plain walnuts taste good on its own, but when you add on a warm maple glaze, it’s truly satisfying. Perfect with a hot cup of tea and a great novel.

I mostly followed Ellie’s instructions, except I added in sesame seeds (I absolutely adore sesame seeds!).  Ellie’s original recipe makes 2 cups of walnuts — I modified the recipe to make only 1 serving (1/4 cup).

Maple Glazed Walnuts

Serves 1.

  • 1/4 cup walnut halves
  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • A pinch of salt
  • A sprinkle of sesame seeds
  1. Preheat a dry skillet over medium high heat. Add in walnut halves and slightly toast until warm, stirring frequently, about 2-3 minutes. (This step makes the nuts extra crunchy.)
  2. Add in maple syrup, salt and sesame seeds. Cook, stirring frequently, until syrup is caramelized, about 3 minutes. Let cool.

Warning: This snack is truly addictive and it will probably not last you more than 1 day! (Mine was gone within 10 minutes, no joke.)

Nuts make a delicious and healthy snack. They are a great source of protein, unsaturated fats (a.k.a. heart-healthy fats that helps to protect your heart) and antioxidants!

Maple Glazed Walnuts on Foodista