25 Days of Baking: Day 6
Story time. It will explain why I named this blog “If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen.”
Last night I was rummaging through my recipe books and bookmarked websites to decide what to bake for day 6 of the 25 Days of Baking. I settled on gingerbread biscotti, festive and something I’ve never made before. Plus, it gave me an excuse to write about the 4 months I lived in Italy. Scratch that.
Picture this: I’m in the kitchen, I’ve got my ingredients out, Christmas In Connecticut on the TV and I’m ready to go. I’m adding my ingredients, following the instructions and notice the dough is a little dry so I add a few tablespoons of milk. Problem solved. I form the two logs, not so easily, but good enough. What do I know, I’ve never made biscotti before. Put them on the baking sheet into the oven. 30 minutes pass, take them out, cool, cut, put them back in the oven according to the instructions. I take them out, cool and taste. Something isn’t right.
I’m wondering what went wrong. They aren’t very tasty to say the least. So I pull out the bible, Baking Illustrated, which I should have read prior to even starting this adventure. Let me first explain why I love this cookbook. The authors test multiple recipes for one certain baked good, say blueberry muffins, and write up the outcomes according to various ingredients—cake flour vs. all-purpose flour, frozen blueberries vs. fresh blueberries. Then they settle on the best recipe and publish their research and results in the cookbook. I love it. It’s easy to try a recipe you find on the internet, but it’s worth while to know why your using certain ingredients.
Anyway, here I am reading up on biscotti… some recipes call for butter, others for extra egg yolk, and then it hits me. I forgot to add the sugar. I mean, who forgets the sugar? Completely slipped my mind. That, my friends, is what happens If You Give A Blonde A Kitchen.
I continued by telling my dog (no one else was home) how ironic it is that biscotti means twice baked because I will have to attempt to bake this recipe a second time. He was just hoping he would get the first batch that probably tasted like dog biscuits. After carefully adding the ingredients once more, the second attempt was a success. The whole house smelled like gingerbread. So don’t be afraid to try this recipe, just don’t forget the sugar.
The rest of my day was filled with decorating, which is perfectly described by “We Need a Little Christmas”
Adapted from: Baking Illustrated and That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Baking time edited December 14, 2013