Jan 23, 2013

Scrumptious Biscotti

If you haven't noticed, I love to bake.  But, my baked goods love to stick around too long...on my thighs. And my stomach. And my booty.  *sigh*

So, I've decided to join Weight Watchers.  I'm telling everyone (which is really hard for me to do because it's embarrassing!) because a) I need to get over my fear and just do it, b) I need the accountability, and c) you all need to know that there will probably be less recipes...or at the very least, healthier recipes.  I will also try to calculate and post the WW points for the recipes, in case any of you want to join me in this journey.  *here's hoping!*

On that note, here's a biscotti recipe.  haha!  But I experimented trying to make it healthier than most biscotti by adding flax seed and 1/2 whole wheat flour.  I've also included the WW points, as promised.  :)

 Scrumptious Biscotti
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 tablespoons organic golden flax seed
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

First, combine all the dry ingredients (minus the chocolate and walnuts) together.  
Then add all the wet ingredients.  
Next, fold in the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
Combine all the ingredients.  This is a little tricky because it's a dry dough and there are a lot of add-ins.  I found it helpful to use my hands to mush it all together.  Once combined, form two equal logs on a cookie sheet that has been lined with wax paper.
Flatten out the logs.
Bake at 300 degrees F for approximately 55 minutes.
Next, remove the cookie sheet and place on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes. 
Decrease the oven temp to 245 degree.
Once the logs are cooled, cut the logs into even slices.  I cut each log into 18 slices.
Arrange the slices back on the wax paper, but this time lay them on their sides.
Bake again (in the lower temperature oven) for another 15 min.  (This baking time can vary depending on how soft/hard you want them.  I personally don’t want to break my tooth biting into it, so I like my biscotti a little on the moister side.  If you, however, like really hard biscotti, then bake them a little longer on this stage.)
Enjoy, preferably alongside a tasty mug of hot coffee or tea. :)

*Weight Watchers Points* -  Cut the logs into a total of 36 pieces (that’s 18 pieces per log).  Serving size is two pieces.  There are 5 WW points per serving.