A biscotti love ballad

I am not a singer. In fact, I wasn’t blessed with musical talent of any type.

That is why it is so remarkable that I wrote a song. It took a great deal of inspiration, but upon meeting my muse, the words just organically flew from my mouth…

“Biscot-tah, you make my heart sing. Oh, you make ev-rah-thing, groovy. Biscot-tah!”

I may have borrowed the tune from Jimi Hendrix. However, after taking a bite of my first batch of homemade biscotti, I couldn’t help but sing.

I’m not too worried. Had Hendrix tried the biscotti, I’m sure he would be singing, too.

Whole-Wheat Sunflower Seed Biscotti

Recipe adapted from Steph Chows.

Ingredients:

•    ¾ C whole-wheat flour
•    ½ C all-purpose flour
•    ½ dry-roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
•    1 t baking powder
•    1/3 C sugar
•    2 T brown sugar
•    ½ C chocolate chips
•    2 T milled flax seeds
•    6 T water
•    1 t vanilla

Directions:

•    Whisk together ingredients whole-wheat flour through chocolate chips in large mixing bowl.
•    In a small bowl, beat together milled flax seeds, water and vanilla.
•    Hollow out a well in the middle of flour mixture. Pour flax seed mix into well and mix thoroughly. Mixture will be crumbly—may need to use hands to knead into dough.
•    Form into two rectangles on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
•    Remove from oven and slice rectangles into long, thin slices. Rearrange on cookie sheet and bake for another 20 minutes.

Whole-Wheat Orange and Cranberry Biscotti

Paired with a steaming cup of coffee, biscotti is the perfect way to start off the morning.

Ingredients:

•    ¾ C whole-wheat flour
•    ½ C all-purpose flour
•    ½ C chopped raw almonds
•    1 t baking powder
•    1/3 C sugar
•    2 T brown sugar
•    ½ C chocolate chips
•    ½ C crasins
•    2 T milled flax seeds
•    4 T water
•    2 T fresh squeezed orange juice (zest before juicing)
•    1 t vanilla (or could use orange or almond extract)
•    Orange zest

Directions:

•    Whisk together ingredients whole-wheat flour through crasins in large mixing bowl.
•    In a small bowl, beat together milled flax seeds, water, orange juice, vanilla and orange zest.
•    Hollow out a well in the middle of flour mixture. Pour flax seed mix into well and mix thoroughly. Mixture will be crumbly—may need to use hands to knead into dough.
•    Form into two rectangles on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
•    Remove from oven and slice rectangles into long, thin slices. Rearrange on cookie sheet and bake for another 20 minutes.

These biscotti are so good that I want to eat them all day, every day…

On second thought, since a bite of biscotti seems linked to an inexplicable desire to sing, maybe I should wait until no one is around.

I still have a bit of stage fright.

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