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Easy biscotti on a wire rack

Easy biscotti

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus cooling
  • Easy
  • Serves 20

Make these easy biscotti to serve with coffee, or dip into chocolate and present in a tin to give to family and friends at Christmas

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving


  • 300g plain flour
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 50g light brown soft sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 80g vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • milk or dark chocolate , melted, to decorate (optional)


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4, and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Put the flour, sugars, baking powder and a large pinch of salt in a large bowl and stir together.

  • STEP 2

    In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, egg, vanilla and 3 tbsp hot water. Gradually mix the wet ingredients into the dry until the mixture comes together into a dough. Gently knead the dough until smooth – it will be quite dry, so add another 1 tbsp water if it’s too difficult to knead after a few minutes. Divide the dough into two equal pieces, shaping each into a 25 x 8cm log. Put the logs on the prepared baking tray and bake for 25-30 mins. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for around 15 mins.

  • STEP 3

    Using a sharp knife, cut the slightly cooled logs into 1-2cm-thick slices crosswise. Return the biscotti to the lined baking tray and bake for 15-20 mins more (the oven should still be at 180C/160C fan/gas 4), turning the tray around halfway through. Leave to cool slightly on the tray, then transfer the biscotti to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. If you like, dip one end of each biscotti into some melted chocolate, then leave to set on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Will keep in an airtight container for up to five days.

Recipe tip

You can use the biscotti in a tiramisu in place of sponge fingers. Simply soften the biscotti in some hot coffee – they’ll retain their texture and add delicious flavour.

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