I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Sisters Italian Style

My grandmother flew to Florida for my Cousin Stephen's wedding and will be staying with my aunt Jay. You would think that my eighty-eight year old grandmother would be glad to get away from our seven degree weather. Unfortunately the temperature has only been in the seventies in Florida (which qualifies as freezing by my grandmothers standards). It’s always interesting when my grandmother and my aunt Jay get together, they tend to lovingly disagree on just about everything and I mean everything! Aunt Jay is the older sister, she is in her early nineties, they are the last of five siblings so we as a family treasure every moment even though those moments may require popping a few antacids (sometimes quite a few). Trust me when I say that we would all prefer to suffer from a little bit of heartburn rather than the heartache the alternative would bring.

Here’s a recipe that is hard even for the sisters to disagree with....although, my aunt Jay’s are crisper which to my grandmother means aunt Jay's are too dry. Supposedly my grandmother’s could use a little more anise, which to aunt Jay means my grandmother’s lack flavor.
Oh well, I hope you enjoy these too dry flavorless biscotti as much as we do.

Traditional Anise Biscotti

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 eggs (save one yolk)
1 teaspoon anise extract (or 2 teaspoons of anise liqueur)
1 teaspoon anise seed, ground
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition and reserving one yolk. Add flour, salt, and baking powder. Mix well at medium speed of electric mixer.
Form dough into flattened log shapes or domed loaves, 2 inches wide by one half-inch high in the center.
Beat together remaining yolk and 1 tablespoon of milk. Brush over tops.
Bake in a preheated 375°F oven 20 minutes. When cool enough to handle, use a serrated knife to slice diagonally into 1 1/4" thick slices. Place on a baking sheet and toast five minutes.


Lidian said...

Thank you - this looks SO good! I adore biscotti, and am going to copy this for my recipe box.

Julie said...

You are welcome Lidian, enjoy.

Catherine Wilkinson said...

I am not particularly fond of anise, and in a biscotti is the one way I do like it. Biscotti is one of those things I don't really consider until I have one, then I can't stop!

Julie said...

same here Catherine, I usually only like anise in biscotti or pizelles.

Mimi said...

I love anise biscotti with lemon curd. Odd perhaps, but good.

Julie said...

Mimi I love lemon curd, I would have never thought to put the two flavors together but I bet it is delicious.

Chris said...

These look perfect! Whoa...memories of my childhood comes rushing through my head. :)

Julie said...

Thanks Chris, enjoy.