Blue Ribbon Maple Walnut Biscotti

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Maple butter samples in the village!

Let me preface this post by saying that I’m not attached to grand prizes or blue ribbons.  They’re fun to win but they’re not the reason that I enter the Baking with Maple contest at the Genesee Country Museum each year.

The truth is that in the last few years I’ve discovered a creative part of me that refuses to be held down. Rather than squash it I’ve begun to nurture that spirit by experimenting with pottery, by crafting new loaves of bread, and even by dabbling with recipes for maple goodies.

My newest pottery bowl fresh from the kiln!

My newest pottery bowl fresh from the kiln!

 

I found 1-2-3-4 cake with maple icing as I was exploring the village (yum!)

I found 1-2-3-4 cake with maple icing as I was exploring the village (yum!)

I know how to take a risk and give just about anything a whirl so why not enter something in the museum’s contest? It gives me a chance to spend time exploring the historic village while I’m waiting for the judges’ results.

Even if by some stretch of the imagination I happen to feel gloomy without a ribbon to tote home, I know how to pick myself up, dust myself off, and head over to the museum’s gift shop to buy myself a consolation prize.

IMG_9280Happily this year no conciliatory pats on the back were needed. My Maple Walnut Biscotti placed first in the cookie division. 

Of course I’d still love them even if they were ribbon-less because they’re a great staple cookie to have on hand for an Italian “cookie dunker” like me. 

(You might remember reading about this on another post: Road Trip to Biscotti!)

Biscotti are a traditional twice-baked cookie but there’s no need to feel the least bit intimidated if you’ve never made them before.  My grandson, Patrick, and I had a great afternoon mixing up a batch recently.  According to him, “These cookies are easy to make!  You just start with eggs, beat in some other stuff, stir in the flour then blop, blop, blop….and you’re done!”  How hard could that be??

Part of cookie baking with kids is the fun stuff that happens while you're waiting for things to cook!

Part of cookie baking with kids is the fun stuff that happens while you’re waiting for things to bake!

Go ahead and give them a try! If, like me, you have a creative spirit that wants to come out and play try adding in something new.  I’m thinking toffee bits or chocolate chips …… yum!!!

I hope you’ll comment in on your own cookie experiences or experimentation!  Don’t forget to like Kneading Life on Facebook! You can also sign up for my updates using the link at the top of the page. 

 

Hope to see you around the bread (or cookie) bowl soon!

Mary

Maple Walnut Biscotti

1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1/8 cup maple syrup IMG_9188

½ tsp butter

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 cup maple sugar (or substitute loosely packed brown sugar)

1/4 cup maple syrup

5 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt


Finishing Glaze:  (optional)

½ cup powdered sugar

1 tsp softened butter

maple syrup

Directions:

Place chopped walnuts in skillet and toast till fragrant.  Add the 1/8 cup maple syrup to coat (add a little more if needed) then quickly add the ½ tsp butter.  Continue to stir and cook for about a minute until mixture begins to dry.  Remove nuts from skillet and cool.

IMG_0384Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Beat together eggs and sugar until mixture becomes light. Add melted butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt.

Combine flour and baking powder then add to batter at low speed. Stir in walnuts so that nuts are combined in a sticky dough.

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It’s amazing there were any glazed nuts to put in the biscotti bowl! This kid LOVES gobbling them up just as they are!!

Shape dough into 4 logs, each about 6 inches long and 2 inches wide.

Forming the logs is what Patrick calls the "blop, blop blop" part.

Forming the logs is what Patrick calls the “blop, blop blop” part.

IMG_9138IMG_9145Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned and set. Remove loaves from oven and let them cool until the logs are warm, at least 10 minutes (but you could cool them much longer and do the second bake later, too.)

With a serrated knife, carefully cut into diagonal slices about ½-inch thick.

IMG_9148Stand slices up on clean baking sheet, and bake until crunchy.  10-15 minutes.

IMG_9155When cool combine ½ cup powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon softened butter and enough maple syrup to make a thin glaze.  Drizzle over biscotti and allow to dry.

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Caryn’s coffee cake! (my mother-in-law’s recipe which is not a dunking cookie but this cake goes great with a good cup of coffee!  )

My Story with Bread

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Creative spirits run in the family.  What could be better than climbing trees while we waited for the cookies to cool???

Climbing trees to pass the time while we waited for the biscotti to cool

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