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CHOCOLATE CHERRY BISCOTTI

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almonds

2 cups unbleached flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toast the  almonds on a bake sheet until fragrant, 8-10 minutes. Allow them to cool in a bowl, then chop them into pea-sized pieces with a knife or in a food processor.  Turn the oven down to 325 degrees

 

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Reserve.  Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until lightly fluffed, at least 2 minutes.  Work in the eggs one  at a time .  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the  vanilla

 

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Add this dry mixture to the egg mixture in three installments.  Mix only until just blended.  Stir in the almonds, chocolate chips and dried cherries.

 

Turn the  dough  out onto  a lightly floured  work surface. Dust the dough with flour and divide it in half.  Shape the dough into 2 rectangles: 2" wide  and 1" high and  12" long.  Bake for 30 minutes, until firm with an internal temperature of 200 degrees.

 

Lift the loaves out onto a rack to cool for 5 minutes.  Using a serrated knife slice logs 1/2" thick at a 45  degree angle and place slices  on the sheet pan.  Bake another 10 - 15 minutes.  Cool completely on a rack before sealing in a jar or tin and storing.