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Patrizio Biscotti

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 t. vinilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts

Combine butter, sugar and eggs, mixing well. Beat in vanilla.

Combine flowr, baking powder, baking soda and chopped nuts. Add to
the egg mixture. The batter will be very stiff and sticky. Cover
the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.

With floured hands, divide the dough into two portions and shape
each into a loaf about 12 inched long.

Grease a 10 by 14 baking sheet. Place both loaves on the sheet,
leaving at least 3 inches between them. Flatten each loaf slightly,
as evenly as possible. Place in preheated 400 degree oven and bake
for 20 min. or until firm to the touch.

Remove can cool on wire rack slightly. Lower oven to 375. While
still warm, slice the loaves into diagonal slices about 1/3 inch

Arrange on ungreased baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15 minutes
- do not brown.


Chocolate: basic recipe, adding 1 cup of cocoa powder and 1 1/2
cups chocolate chips.

Banana: basic recipe, adding 1/4 cup banana flavoring (not extract)
and use walnuts or pecans

Cinnamon: basic recipe, adding 1/4 cup ground cinnamon. For the
nuts, use almonds or pecans.


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