I'd like to welcome you all to a brand new baking group, Sweet Melissa Sundays. Every Sunday we will be baking a different recipe from the wonderful Sweet Melissa Baking Book, the best part is we get to pick the treats, I'm so excited for my choice in 6 weeks time. For our very first endeavor together Lorelei from Mermaid Sweets has chosen the Honey Beescotti. Being a biscotti virgin I was a bit thrown by the lack of a picture detailing the finished product, but I guess that just makes us more creative now, doesn't it? The whole process was pretty long but rather enjoyable and I didn't half love the almondy scent the dough gave off every time I touched it. Yum!
My one problem was totally self inflicted. I have a terrible habit, when rushed I tend to be a little hap hazard in my pre heating of the oven where I just spin the knob half way (usually around 180-190). Stupidly I forgot to re set it according to the instructions and my dough ended up rather crispy on the outside while still a bit loose inside. Luckily I caught it before it burned and saved the day. Phew!
I thought the orange peal gave the biscotti quite an overpowering taste (I think I added a little more than instructed) so I tried to balance it out by adding a drizzle of dark chocolate. I mean, who here doesn't love a Terry's Chocolate Orange?!
I had a lot of fun with this recipe and I can't wait till next weeks Brooklyn Brownout Cake. I just hope it's as divine as the name makes it sound.
Please check out the Sweet Melissa Sundays blog roll for everyone else's creations, I bet theirs are prettier than mine ;)