Crunchy savory biscottone flavored with either anise or fennel seed. Great with cheese, soppresatta, fruit and wine (our spuntino). This recipe makes 5 pounds of well dehydrated, long lasting beauties.
For 5 Person(s)
- of flour (or 10 cups)
- 1/2 cup of anise or fennel seed
- measure with my hand, 3 palms)
- 3 heaping T of kosher salt
- 10 tsp of yeast
- 1 liter of warm water
- honey or sugar
- 2 1/2- 2 3/4 C olive oil
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- Heat the oven to 325'
- In a very large mixing bowl put all dry ingredients, mix together with a long handle spoon.
- In a separate bowl add warm water & honey stir until mixed.
- Add the yeast and wisk into the water. Let the yeast bloom and react with the honey @ 5-10 min.
- Add 1/2 of the water and 1/2 of the oil into a well in the flour, mix within the well until incorporated and add the remaining liquids until you cannot mix with a spoon.
- Then mix with the hands (this is just like bread making) when all dry ingredients are combined turn onto a kneeding surface and kneed the flour mixture for @ 10-15 min return into the large bowl and cover with a white cotton towel to rise double @ 45 min.
- When doubled take a generous handful of dough roll gently to make a ball. Punch your thumb thru the middle and spread apart gently to form a circle @ 2 1/2" and place on a cookie sheet. Fill up @ 3 cookie sheets let them rest for 15 min covered with the towel.
- Place in the oven and bake for @ 45 min or lightly golden.
- Remove from the oven and take out of the cookie sheet and let them cool on the counter.
- When cool enough to handle, split with a fork and place directly on the oven racks back in the oven and bake @ 275\' for 1 1/2 hrs. Turn off the oven and let them cool in the oven for a couple of hours or over night. They will be well dehydrated and last a long time in a container or zip lock baggies.
- Make sure your oil is fresh, they will go rancid in warm weather if your oil is old! What a sin to throw them out after all that time and work!!! Don't worry about making perfect uniform biscottini, they are very rustic, very addicting! The more oil you use makes them more flaky.