8 November 2014

Sourdough Biscotti


50g white sourdough starter
40g unsalted butter, softened
80-100 g sugar
40g raw honey
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of unrefined sea salt
250g + all purpose flour
80g crispy nuts of your choice roughly chopped (can use crispy seeds too)
50g shaved coconut
100g dried fruit roughly chopped (I use mixture) 

All ingredients are organic except the sea salt.


Preheat oven to 180°C /160°C Fan together with the baking stone (if using); line baking sheet with parchment paper if not using the baking stone.

In a medium bowl combine starter, eggs, butter, sugar, honey, vanilla extract and mix up with a spatula or if using a stand mixer use the whisk attachment. Then gradually add salt, flour, coconut, nuts and dried fruit and mix using the spatula or bread hook (if using the mixer) and mix till the dough forms, add more flour if needed, the dough should be heavy, greasy and not very sticky. Do not over-knead. Form a ball and place in a small bowl (it is not going to expand) cover with cling film and leave at room temperature overnight or for minimum of 8 hours.

When ready remove the dough from the bowl and form into a long flat log around 5cm thick, divide into 2 logs if desired.
Place on the lined baking sheet or straight into the hot baking stone and bake depending on your oven from 25 minutes for up to an hour, it should be slightly brown.

When ready take it out of the oven and cool it down for around 30 minutes or until cool enough to handle. When cool gently cut the loaves on the angle into 1cm slices (a serrated bread knife works best). 
Return the pieces into the oven and bake the biscotti for another 10-15 minutes on each side, less if you like it softer. Store in an airtight container.