Although he doesn’t know it yet, GodzillaPin is a lucky man… upon waking this morning, the Ninja Turtle was struck by baking fever and decided to bake not one, but two batches of biscuits. Of course, there’s always a risk when experimenting with never-tried-before techniques or recipes, that things can go horribly wrong. But that’s just a risk GodzillaPin will have to take.
Strictly speaking, it’s not the first time the Ninja Turtle has baked a batch of biscotti (she did her first try before the duo left for Nice). However, the last batch was a trifecta of baking fail: a little too strong on the orange flavour, the slices were a tad too thick, and insufficient baking time. Calling them enjoyable would be bending the truth, but those biscotti were edible for the first two days. Day three onwards, they became a personal test of will of an epic proportion – GodzillaPin hates waste and refused to throw them away, but wouldn’t eat them lest he broke his teeth. Three weeks of tantrum and tears later, the biscuits were unceremoniously dumped in the bin, with a murmured apology to starving communities all around the world.
So, this time round, she used a different recipe and tried to learn from past errors. Also, this time round she refused to repeat the very expensive mistake of using all her organic almonds in something that could go wrong.
Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon orange blossom water
Chopped dark chocolate
Preheat oven to 180 Celsius (350 Farenheit).
Mix the first three dry ingredients in a bowl.
In another, beat sugar and eggs for a good 5 minutes. The recipe NT followed stated to use an electric mixer, but she’s an amateur experimental home baker, and can think of three dozen more interesting ways to spend money on an electric mixer for now, so instead, she got a nice workout for her arms doing this step.
Add the orange blossom water to the egg+sugar mixture.
Stir in the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until combine. Chuck in the chocolate and cranberries.
Pour it onto a baking parchment and bake for about 25 minutes.
Remove the monstrosity from the oven and reduce heat to 165 Celsius (330 Farenheit? Math geeks please verify this thanks.)
After about 10 minutes, the pastry should have cooled enough to be sliced with a serrated knife (bread knives are perfect for this) into thin slices. The Ninja Turtle aimed for about 1cm.
Return the slices into the oven with the cut sides facing up, and cook for 10 minutes, then the biscotti to bake the other side for another 10 minutes.
The second recipe is not new, just a slight variation on the Earl Grey Tea biscuits.
Sablés à la confiture
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Beat sugar and egg like in the above recipe (basically, viciously). Add in vanilla essence.
Pour in the flour, and stir. Then, using clean hands, use your fingers to work the combination, which should resemble a gritty, sandy mess at this stage.
Cut in the butter and mix until the dough is nicely combined.
The recipe didn’t specify this stage, but the Ninja Turtle rolled the dough into 2 logs of about 2cm diameter.
Chill in the fridge for at least half an hour.
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F).
Slice the dough and flatten it to about 1/2cm thickness, and stick your thumb in the middle of each. Fill the holes with jam.
Bake in oven for 15 minutes.