Do you have a spice that you really love? I know I’ve said it before but I love cardamom. The smell of cardamom is powerful and inviting; I don’t quite know how to describe it. It is sugar and spice and everything nice and visions of sugar plums all rolled into one. When we visited the Spice Market in Istanbul, Turkey, the smells were overwhelmingly intoxicating. Mountains of spices flooded the aisles with bright, vivid color in every direction.
It is definitely hard to pick out the smell of one particular spice because they are all displayed together, but the aromatic smells lure you in like an enticing dessert. I came home with delicious bags full of all kinds of spices. Truly a foodies dream!
What is the first thing you think of when you wake up? I have the same routine every morning in my home. I put on my housecoat, bedroom slippers, and head straight to the kitchen to turn on my espresso machine. I can’t wait for that first sip of latte. This reminds me of a Winnie-the-Pooh Story I heard once by A. A. Milne.
‘When you wake in the morning, Pooh,’ said Piglet at last, ‘What is the first thing you say to yourself?‘
‘What’s for breakfast?’ said Pooh. ‘What do you say, Piglet?’
‘I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?’ said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully, ‘It’s the same thing,‘ he said.
Yes, I’m probably in agreement with Pooh. Breakfast is usually the first thing I think of when I wake up. And making that latte is at the top of the list. I love adding a pinch of cardamom to give it a spicy bit of added warmth. When deciding on what type of biscotti to make, combining orange peel, cardamom and dark chocolate seemed like the perfect match. And this recipe is gluten & dairy-free!
The secret to a good biscotti is in the baking. Biscotti needs to go through a second baking process in order to make it nice and crunchy. While this recipe is both gluten and dairy-free, you can have a lot of leeway in how you prepare it. Use the dough as your base and change it up a bit. Add dried cranberries, almonds, or perhaps lemon peel and dried blueberries. The possibilities are endless!
Making Gluten-free Biscotti
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