Saturday, March 22, 2008

Honey Sesame Biscotti

The Altitude Adjustment Section
Honey sesame biscotti is a great variation on the usual heavy biscotti we all know and love. No dried fruit or nuts, just a simple sweet crisp wafer, and isn’t that nice for a change?

1/3 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey
2 3/4 cups AP flour
1/3 cup black and white sesame seeds
1/4 cup black and white sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 375. Beat butter and sesame oil hard till very light and smooth in the bowl of your electric mixer. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add eggs one at a time and honey. Now add flour — as much as you can with the mixer and 1/3 cup sesame seeds. This will be pretty thick. Mix in remaining flour by hand. Divide dough in half. Line a baking sheet with parchment. With floured hands, form dough into 2 12-inch loaves. Roll in remaining sesame seeds and place on sheet pan, 4 inches apart. Flatten top of each loaf. Bake for 15-20 minutes or slightly browned. Cool for 1 hour. Cut each loaf diagonally with a serrated knife into 1/2 inch slices and lay down on cookie sheet and re-bake at 325 for 10 minutes, then turn slices over and bake the other side for 8 to 10 more minutes, till slices are dry and crisp. Put on a pot of tea and enjoy!