Saturday, April 18, 2009

Almond~ Toffee Biscotti~And The Piano Man~

When we had our Sunday with prosciutto morning at Jojo's.. she served us a Nonni's Almond Toffee Biscotti with her wonderful coffee and said she was sorry that Costco didn't carry them after the holidays..

I wanted to try and make some..The above is my first try..not for Biscottis but for this recipe she loves..
I think they will do just fine...until she can buy more:)

They are really good! How could they not? Toffee..almonds..chocolate:)

Dipped in an afternoon or breakfast treat..Bon!!

I found the recipe here..

There are more..but so far..I like this one enough to stick to it..
Almond Toffee Biscotti~
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons Amaretto, or 1 1/2 teaspoons of almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup toffee bits

Step 1: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Step 2: Line cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
Step 3: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, almonds, and toffee bits; set aside.
Step 4: In a large bowl, beat together eggs, Amaretto, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer.
Step 5: Mix in dry ingredients with eggs, mix until combined. Dough will be sticky, but do not add more flour.
Step 6: Flour surface of parchment paper lined cookie sheet, roll dough out on surface into a log about 3 inches in diameter.
Step 7: Bake about 50 minutes, or until firm and dry.
Step 8: Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.
Step 9: Use a serrated knife and cut into 1/2-inch slices.
Step 10: Lay slices cut side down on cookie sheet and return to even for 20 minutes.
Step 11: Remove from oven and turn slices over and bake another 20 minutes.
Step 12: After removing from oven, cookies will dry as they cool.

My notes..I substituted 1/4 cup of the 1 cup of granulated sugar w/ brown..

Next time..I would roll into 2 logs..and make them a bit smaller.
But..the recipe is near perfect:)

This is a brief little blog this weekend..I have been busy..

But I have to share something so cute..

Noah is our youngest grandson..9 months old.. he started standing up on his own this week..

Since his mommy was carrying him.. she played piano for him .. every day.. then when he was born.. she played for him also:)

Yesterday he got up by the piano..and stretched and stretched on his 2 inch feet..on tippy toes.. and look..:)He played with both hands:) To me this is just too cute for 9 months old:)

The Little Piano Man~

Have I mentioned I just love my grandsons to bits?
All 3 like to hear the sound of their fingers on the piano..but Noah.. is the first to go to it..stand at it..and play :)Well... play..I use the term lightly:)


  1. Oh Monique...I was in love with the Biscotti until I saw little Noah reaching to play the piano....the Biscotti are now in second place! How scrumptious!

  2. Diane..Thank you! I find Noah more munchable too..I am off to visit your blog right now..quiet Sunday morn before an Open House~

  3. I'm smiling...

    no need to say more.


  4. Monique, I was all enamored about the biscotti (and recipe) ~ they look wonderful!

    But I must say, Noah takes the cake (rather, the biscotti)!

    Adorable! ~ And so sweet that they are all attracted to the piano.


  5. right now I am thinking you could have put Noah's piano concert first and the biscotti as a footnote but once I saw him...I forgot about the cookies :-)

    Such a darling shot - perfect!

  6. I am not even thinking about making biscotti (although I will copy and paste) after seeing your piano man ♥

    You are my idol, Grandmère!

  7. Oh, Monique, Noah steals my heart... precious! I almost forgot the biscotti. they sure look good! Thanks! I'll want to try it.

  8. Monique, Noah at the piano is just too cute for words.

    You are so sweet to recreate a recipe for your friend. The biscotti looks so much better than any other biscotti I've seen. What a wonderful combination - Toffee ~ Almonds ~ Chocolate.

  9. The biscotti looks gorgeous! Just the right amount of chocolate in a layer...

  10. Thanks and have a great day!Nanas love hearing the little ones are fun!

  11. you have such and adorable grandson, yummy looking biscotti and a lovely looking cup in the last pic w biscotti:)

  12. Monique,
    Noah looks like a natural pianist to me. What precious photos! The toffee recipe and photos look delicious, I've got to try it when it cools off here a bit. I am going to make a point to have crème caramel Beau Rivage sometime this week while we're out and about town. Talk to you when I return!

  13. Tu vois, je trouve souvent les biscotti un peu secs mais tu as trouvé la solution en les trempant dans le chocolat ! L'idée est vraiment excellente !

  14. Monique, what an adorable picture...sweet..
    And the biscotti look very good too!

  15. Could Noah be any cuter....??? I love those little hands on the piano. Sara will enjoy knowing that her future husband enjoys music along with his good looks :)

  16. cute!

    Thank you.. Noah is house hunting these days and charming the realtors:)

  17. Your piano man's tiny hands are as adorable as the rest of him. And look how he captivates his audience with his musical talent.

    Monique, you must give that musical prodigy a great big teddy bear hug from me, before he grows another inch.

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