Christmas Biscotti!

Dec 23, 2014


It’s almost Christmas, but it still isn’t too late for a few final gifts from the kitchen. I spent the afternoon at my good friend Connie’s house making a delicious batch of biscotti to bundle up for friends and realtives. It takes no time at all and they are perfect for dunking in your morning espresso or tea, or even in a glass of wine! We made a favorite recipe, Italian Anise Biscotti. These are quick and easy to make and have a lovely aroma of lemon, orange and anise. In a pinch, you can use fennel seeds if that’s all you have on hand. Here is the recipe:

Italian Anise Biscotti



2 3/4 C flour

1 2/3 C sugar

1/2 t salt

1 t baking powder

1 t anise seeds

zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange

3 whole eggs

3 egg yolks

1 t vanilla

7 oz almonds, sliced or slivered, toasted lightly


Mix the flour, sugar, salt, anise seeds, baking powder and orange and lemon zests together in mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla, then stir in the cooled almonds. The dough WILL be sticky!!



Form  2 long loaves on parchment paper, bake 20-30 minutes at 325 degrees until firm but not fully baked.



Cool the loaves then slice into biscotti sized pieces.


Spread out on the baking sheet and bake again at 300 for another 20 minutes or until slightly golden, turning the slices over midway through cooking.


Let cool, package and enjoy!


A glass of homemade Finocchietto liqueur makes this extra delicious!

Buon Natale!!


- Victoria Harper

Victoria Harper is the tour guide and owner of In Splendid Company