Almond Cardamom Biscotti

Almond Biscotti

So I’m kind of excited about my pastry apprenticeship :D  Sunrise to sunset, I’m working in a restaurant kitchen baking up a storm twice a week. It’s basically divine torture – the kitchen smells heavenly all the livelong day, buuuuut I’m actively trying not to gain a hundred pounds. I’ve been learning a lot from some really fun people, oh and I get to wear yoga pants to work. It’s glorious. So far I’ve made cinnamon sticky buns, mini pretzel baguettes, buttermilk biscuits, chocolate chip pretzel cookies, oatmeal butterscotch cookies, apple chips, cranberry orange muffins, and orange anise biscotti with a dark chocolate drizzle.

DC Snow Day

It’s been a while since I’ve made biscotti (the last being these lovelies), and I was inspired by the ones I made at the restaurant last week. So on our DC snow* day, I whipped up these Alm ond Cardamom Biscotti. I was a little gun-shy with the cardamom because it’s such a strong spice, but it was the perfect addition to make these almond Italian cookies really sing. In addition to the cardamom, they also have cinnamon, chopped almonds, and almond extract. The dough from this recipe was a lot stickier than the rolled and shaped ones I made at the restaurant, but they still turned out great. The cookie logs spread a lot when you cook them, but I just look at it as a bigger cookie to love. They’re delicate, delightful, and the perfect partner for your coffee or tea this week.

Cardamom Biscotti

*side note re: snow day – I’m not built for cold weather. The combination of my Californian and red-headed blood make me a particular weakling when it comes to freezing temperatures and cutting wind…how many is too many selfies of me in which you can only see my eyes, because I need to make my fam out in California feel bad for me?…

Bundled up

Here’s what I did: Get the recipe! (and a #reallife moment)

Coffee’s Favorite Biscotti

(ya see what I did there?! …clever, I know. That’s why they pay me the big bucks.)

So I’m fully aware that I have a slight coffee addiction, but I’m really ok with it (especially because of the reported health benefits, seriously, check it out.) As soon as my new boss mentioned, “And we have a coffee club if you’d like to—” me, “Absolutely! I’m in.” And praise the Lord, they do nice, freshly ground coffee – the good stuff! Soooooo exciting!

You may think I’m a little over the top, but it’s really the little things in life that I get excited about. Like that great cup of coffee, or the fact that I saw a 60 year-old man in… JEANS. SHORTS. OVERALLS. Fact. It was ridiculous. I loved it. I also get excited about that guy you pass on the street with a handlebar mustache- he must spend so much time on that! Really, wow. I also LOVE perfectly painted nails and this delicious biscotti!

They’re Dark Chocolate Anise Biscotti from the new Joy the Baker cookbook! They have a very subtle licorice flavor from just 1 1/2 teaspoons of crushed anise seeds, and the dark chocolate is the perfect match for these crunchy delights! Add a good, hot cup of coffee into the equation, and you’ve got yourself a beautiful breakfast or an awesome afternoon treat. You deserve it! :)

These biscotti from Joy the Baker would also be delicious!

**French phrase for fun!

Enthousiasmez-vous pour quelque chose de petite ce week-end!

Get excited about something little this weekend! :)