zondag 16 november 2008

Chamomile Biscotti

Relax after a long day with a sweet treat made with the soothing taste of chamomile. These biscotti cookies are the perfect late night snack to ease you peacefully into bedtime!

Prep Time: 5 min

Cooking Time: 35 min + 15 min

Cooling Time: 20 min

Serving Size: 48 cookies

For Cookies:
2 1/4 cups All-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp orange zest
1 Tbsp strong brewed chamomile tea

For Icing:
1 cup Confectioner's sugar
2 Tbsp strong brewed chamomile tea (hot)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and adjust rack to middle position.

In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs to a light yellow color.

Stir in honey, vanilla, zest, and tea.

Add in dry ingredients, folding batter together until just combined.

Divide batter into two equal sections.

With floured hands to prevent sticking, form each half into a log (approximately 3 inches wide by 3/4 inches high) and place lengthwise on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Be sure to place logs at least one inch apart from each other. Bake logs for 35 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

Reduce temperature down to 325 degrees.

Using a serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices (discarding ends).

Lay slices on their sides on the cookie sheet being careful not to overcrowd the tray.

Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes, flipping the slices over once halfway through. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool.

You can enjoy as is or drizzle with chamomile spiked icing.

To make the icing, simply stir together Confectioner's sugar with hot tea and drizzle over cookies with a fork.

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