Yield: 48 Servings
|2 cups||Unbleached all-purpose flour|
|1 teaspoon||Baking soda|
|2 larges||Whole eggs|
|1 large||Egg yolk|
|1 tablespoon||Freshly grated orange zest|
|1½ cup||Natural whole almonds, toasted lightly and|
|An egg wash made by beating together 1|
|1 large||Egg and 1 teaspoon water|
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment blend the flour, the sugar, the baking soda, and the salt until the mixture is combined well. In a small bowl whisk together the whole eggs, the yolk, the vanilla, and the zest, add the mixture to the flour mixture, beating until a dough is formed, and stir in the almonds.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, knead it several times, and halve it. Working on a large buttered and floured baking sheet, with floured hands form each piece of dough into a flattish log 12 inches long and 2 inches wide, arrange the logs at least 3 inches apart on the sheet, and brush them with the egg wash. Bake the logs in the middle of a preheated 300 degree oven for 50 minutes and let them cool on the baking sheet on a rack for 10 minutes. On a cutting board cut the logs crosswise on the diagonal into ½-inch- thick slices, arrange the biscotti, cut sides down, on the baking sheet, and bake them in the 300 degree oven for 15 minutes on each side. Transfer the biscotti to racks to cool and store them in airtight containers. Makes about 48 biscotti.