Cinnamon and Hazelnut Biscotti (Tozzetti Ebraici)

Cinnamon and Hazelnut Biscotti (Tozzetti Ebraici)

Author Notes: The perfume of cinnamon that will waft through the house is reason
enough to make these biscotti. I’ve long preferred Lazio-style tozzetti
to Tuscan cantuccini (softer and more cookie-like). But since the first
time I tasted tozzetti ebraici («Jewish tozzetti») from the bakery in
the old ghetto of the Tuscan town of Pitigliano, I’ve never looked at
biscotti the same again.

I’ve been unable to find similar recipes to refer to, so this is
basically a recipe I’ve devised based on traditional tozzetti, but as
I’ve heard that the tozzetti you find at Rome’s famous Jewish bakery,
Boccione, are cocoa and cin

Makes 50 cookies

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (250 grams) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 milliliters) olive oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 3/4 cups (470 grams) flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons bittersweet cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 7 ounces (200 grams) whole peeled hazelnuts or almonds, roughly chopped in half
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C).
  2. Beat together the eggs and sugar. Add oil and blend
    until creamy. Add the lemon zest and the dry ingredients (except for the nuts) and combine to form a dough. If it’s too sticky to handle,
    carefully add a little more flour. Add the nuts towards the end. You
    should have a soft dough.
  3. With floured hands, divide the dough into 6 portions
    and roll these into 1 inch-thick logs. Place them on 2 baking trays
    lined with baking paper with plenty of space between them for spreading.
  4. Bake 20 minutes. They should appear dry and cooked and are usually cracked along the top but not browned.
  5. Remove them from the oven, let cool for several
    minutes. When cool enough to handle, slice with a heavy, sharp knife
    (not serrated) into 1/2 inch-thick biscotti. Return the biscotti to the
    oven to dry out ever so slightly, about 5 minutes.

namon, I’ve added both of those ingredients.


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