spiced mocha biscotti with walnuts and brazil nuts

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I’m not a huge fan of coffee, I always feel ashamed to say it out loud as I know how many people worship it, I makes me feel as though I may as well be saying I don’t like puppies and kittens lol (don’t worry I am a huge fan of those). I don’t enjoy drinking it but I do quite enjoy coffee cake and cookies, especially when it is paired with chocolate.

I made these spiced mocha biscotti with walnuts and brazil nuts, I ground cinnamon, star anise, cloves and coffee beans together with a pestle and mortar and added it into the mixture with a little nutmeg.

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  • 85g unsalted butter
  • 125g golden caster sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 250g buckwheat flour or plain flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. coffee beans (or 2 tsp instant)
  • seeds from 3 star anise
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon or half a cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves (or 1/2 tsp ground cloves)
  • 60g chocolate chips
  • 60g chopped walnuts
  • 40g chopped brazil nuts

preheat the oven to 180c

with a pestle and mortar grind the coffee beans, anise seeds, cloves, cinnamon then add the flour and baking powder together and add the cocoa and ground coffee/spices and set aside.
In a bowl add the butter and sugar and beat together until creamy, then add the beaten eggs and beat in, finally add the dry ingredients and the nuts and chocolate chips. mix together well then line a cookie tray with baking paper and tip out the dough in a line and with floured hands make into a log shape. flatten it slightly then bake for 35 minutes.
then remove from oven and turn it down to 170c and slice with a sharp knife at a slight angle and lay each slice flat and bake again for another 15 minutes until crisp.
I left them plain but feel free to drizzle with melted chocolate.


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