Monday, 10 October 2011

Favorite Fall Flavors!

Fall is here! Thus, rainy days, windy storms, and umbrellas are upon us once again. It is ok, I am a natural Seattle-gal and love cozying up in a coffee shop with a good book and sweet treat.
Not only is autumn here, so are fall flavors. My three favorite are: pumpkin, coffee, and cinnamon. I love using warm spices in cakes, cookies, and cookies. It makes your house smell like love and care.

My favorite fall recipe: Pumpkin Biscotti

-Set oven to 350 degrees F.
-Have one parchment paper-lined cookie pan ready

-Sift together, in a large bowl:
2 1/2 cups All-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground clove

-In a large bowl, using a spatula, mix together:
2 large eggs
1/4 cup pumpkin puree (unsweetened)
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

-Now, add the dry mix to the wet mixture. If it is "too moist," add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. You want it to look like "sugar cookie" dough.
-Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece into long cyclinders (like paper towel's cyclinders). Place on the cookie tray. Bake for 25-30 minutes. They will look like logs.
-Let cool for 15 minutes. Cut with a serrated (bread) knife into 1 inch slices, on a bias, on a cutting board. Place cut side up on the cookie tray. Bake again for 10 minutes or until crispy.
-Let cool again and enjoy! For an extra treat I like dipping half of the biscotti in dark chocolate. Oh la la!

Get your fall baking on! The holidays are right around the corner.

Happy Baking!

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