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.
Traditional Anise Biscotti
1 cup sugar
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.