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Lemon Biscotti

RG

Quick to prepare, these follow the classic pattern for biscotti. The dough is first baked as a log, then it is sliced and baked again for a crisp result. The lemon glaze brightens this otherwise plain cookie.

Ingredients

Biscotti

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest

Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons strained lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Biscotti: Mix together flour, granulated sugar, salt and baking powder. Rub in butter with fingertips or pastry blender until mixture resembles cornmeal.
  2. Whisk eggs with lemon zest. Stir in flour mixture with fork until dough holds together. Scrape dough from bowl to floured work surface and knead lightly several times to mix. Divide dough into two equal pieces. Roll each into cylinder about 12 inches long. Transfer cylinders to baking sheet covered with parchment paper or buttered aluminum foil. Flatten them with palm of hand so that they are about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F on middle rack about 30 minutes until well risen, deep golden and firm.
  4. Cool on pan for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove logs from pan. Cut into diagonal slices about 1/2-inch wide. Return slices to pan and arrange close together, cut side down.
  6. Bake about 20 minutes longer, until cut surfaces are deep golden in color.
  7. Glaze: Immediately after removing biscotti from oven, prepare glaze by combining confectioners' sugar and lemon juice in small pan. Stir well to mix. Cook over low heat, stirring, until bubbly around edges. Immediately brush glaze over warm biscotti. Leave on pan until cooled and glaze is firm.

Makes about 4 dozen biscotti

Per serving: 55 calories; 2.3 g fat (1.3 g saturated fat; 38 percent calories from fat); 7.9 g carbohydrates; 14 mg cholesterol; 23 mg sodium; 0.8 g protein; 0.2 g fiber


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