Its the first week of Advent – a time we prepare for Christmas, and my sister wanted to do something reminiscent of the season. I believe that festivals should be celebrated spiritually than pompuously, so I try to keep it simple. Our food preparations during this time are mostly homemade, and quantities large enough to share with everyone around us. The aim is to come together & spend hours assisting with the cooking, packing, decorating…its a family thing that can’t be explained & it does feel awesome. Our first dish of the season: Biscotti
3/4 cups almonds, chopped coarsely and roasted on a pan
3 large eggs, whisked
250 gms flour
150 gms sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 tsp almond essence
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
To prepare the dough start with mixing together flour,sugar, salt and baking powder.
In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs and essences.
Pour this egg mixture into the powder mix and add chopped roasted almonds. Mix together till it forms a thick dough.
Take the dough and place it on the baking sheet prepared. Flatten it to a loaf with your hand roughly till its about a 1/2 inch thick.
Let it bake for 35-40 mins or till its firm to touch.
Take it out from the oven and let it cool for 5 minutes. Using a sharp knife cut slices as per the thickness required.
Place these slices back on the baking tray and let it bake once more till crisp and brown. Bake till required. The longer the better it tastes.

Tip: add any sort of stuffing such as pistachios chopped, chocolate chunks, fruit bits etc.since these biscuits can be stored for long, ensure they are stored in an air tight container.

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