Aka: Nutella Biscotti. I hesitate to name it Nutella Biscotti because I know that there are other brands coming out with their own versions of “Chocolate Hazelnut Spread,” and some of you might use that, but let’s be real here. I use Nutella.
After making my Espresso Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins, I had several enjoyable days of a delightful treat for breakfast. Turns out that I like having something already made and involving no effort in the morning. So now I turn to another snack that I enjoy with my morning coffee: biscotti. I have never actually made biscotti before, and after giving it a try I must admit that I’m awesome at everything. Also, this recipe makes a ton of biscotti, so I should be all set with breakfast for a while AND be able to bring some to work for my coworkers. I’m the nicest!
Here’s what they looked like when I first shaped them:
Here’s what they looked like after the first round of baking:
Here’s what they looked like after the second round of baking:
A friend of mine is visiting the area for a couple weeks, so yesterday we thought it would be fun to get out of Boston for a bit and head down to Providence. We ended up going to The Duck and Bunny, which is the worlds most adorable cafe. They call themselves “A snuggery” because it’s such a cozy place. We had fancy snacks like bacon wrapped dates, a ricotta spread, and Afternoon Tea. Afternoon Tea consisted of a sampling of finger sandwiches, scones, cupcakes, and of course tea. It was delightful. You should all go to this place.
I have since been craving nothing but scones, and decided to revisit my favorite scone recipe from Joy of Baking and play around with it a bit. I had all those leftover mini-chocolate chips, so of course I used them. And I wanted to make one of my favorite flavor combos: orange and chocolate. And I wanted to put an orange glaze on them because being a baker at Panera ruined me forever and I now feel like scones must always have a glaze.
Now I think I might have some tea and get caught up on Downton Abbey!
Chocolate and orange are combined in this light, fluffy, delicate scone.
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
1¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup (1 stick) butter, cold and cut into little pieces
¾ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla extract
⅔ cup milk (more if necessary)
For the glaze:
1 cup confectioners sugar
½ tsp orange zest
2-3 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
Preheat oven to 400, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Blend small pieces of butter into the mixture (with a pastry blender, two knives, or crumbling in your hands) until it resembles crumbs.
Stir in chocolate chips and orange zest. Add vanilla and milk, and stir until dough comes together. You may need to add more milk or flour.
Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead a few times, then shape dough into a circle about 1½" thick. Divide into 8 triangles, and arrange them on the baking sheet. Lightly brush with milk.
Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let cool slightly, and while still warm spread glaze over the top so it can melt into the scones. Let cool until glaze hardens.
To make the glaze:
Whisk together confectioners sugar, zest, and orange juice (adding more if necessary) until it's pourable but not overly runny.
Things that I love: Espresso, Chocolate, Miniature Snacks. This recipe is all of those things! I was inspired to try these when I saw a blog post by Table for Two, and thought it would be fun to make them but with my own twist. First, I wanted them to be miniature so I could bring them to work and make sure there would be enough for everyone. Second, I wanted to try these with Greek yogurt. Third, I wanted to use mini chocolate chips because they’re cute.
Were there enough to bring to work? This recipe made about 60 mini muffins, so yeah, I would say there were plenty. In fact, I ended up keeping a bunch for myself in the freezer for when I’m too lazy to make breakfast. The ones I brought to work went quickly, so now I’m pretty sure I have to bring them more treats soon. Ideas?
Also, I recently discovered that I live near the Wrentham Country Store, and they have a lot of great dishes and vintage cookware. So if you live in MA, you should totally check it out. Just like how you should check out my recipe: