Tag: biscuit

Southern Salmon Sheet Pan Supper

Southern Salmon Sheet Pan Supper

This comes together in less than 15 minutes, including baking time. I may have cheated and gotten the barbecue sauce out of the fridge, but everything else is 100% pried from the depths of the freezer! This is a complete (yummy!) meal, and stays good […]

No-Bake Cheesecake

No-Bake Cheesecake

Let me tell you a little story. There was cream cheese about to go bad. And I wanted cheesecake. So, I decided to make cheesecake. Y’all with me so far? Good. So, I arrange all my ingredients. I’ve decided to make a classic cheesecake with […]



Let’s just talk about biscotti for a minute. There are tragedies everywhere: the ice caps are melting while people in power ignore what is literally happening before their eyes, malnourishment, poverty, and disease are everywhere, I have no puppy, but yet, WE HAVE BISCOTTI. Have faith, people. We have biscotti. I firmly believe it’s the answer to everything. I made two versions today: cranberry-walnut, and chocolate chip. I just like putting chocolate in things. Sue me.




2 ¼ cup flour

½ tablespoon baking powder (it seems like a lot, but you need it. I spend a lot of time trying to convince you excessive quantities are good, don’t I?)

¼ cup canola or vegetable oil

½ cup sugar

2 eggs

1 star anise

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 tablespoons dried cranberries

¼  cup walnuts

2 tablespoons chocolate chips


Pour the oil into a big bowl,

then add in the sugar

and whisk it up.

Crush the star anise- I like using a mortar and pestle. Star anise is so beautiful! And it smells great. Wouldn’t it be great to have a star anise perfume?

Speaking of things that smell good, pour the vanilla into the oil/sugar.

Can vanilla turn rancid? I’m going to say it can turn rancid so I have an excuse to have another taste. Anyways! Crack in the eggs,

and whisk those in too.

Really beat them! Now you can’t taste it anymore, because salmonella is a bad thing. Oh well. Throw in the star anise,

mix it in,

hen dump in the flour and baking powder.

At first, I added 1 ¾ cup flour, but that was way too little. You see how wet it is? That’s bad. Very bad. Isn’t it freaky to think in 50 years that the whole world could be wet like this because of rising seas? I’d hate to live in a damp world. I couldn’t wear nice shoes anymore. That’s a real nightmare for me.


Back to the biscotti! Keep adding flour til it gets to the right consistency. You want to mix this with a wooden spoon- whisking dough never turns out well.

Now generously flour a cutting board

and turn half the dough out onto it.


On a separate board, give the chocolate chips a rough chop. Chop chocolate chips. Say that five times fast!

Press the dough into a rectangle,

and then pour the chips onto it.

Now knead and smush them into the dough, and then make another rectangle. Yummy!

Yummy! Put that dough onto a cookie sheet, then throw the other half of the dough onto the board. You may have to add more flour to the board. Chop up the cranberries and walnuts, you don’t want big pieces.

Then do the same thing-add, knead, smush, rectangle.

I really want to sample some of this. If only raw eggs and the human immune system could work out their differences. Now bake them at 375 F for 23 minutes.

When they’re done,

take a good sharp knife and make slices.

Turn them onto their sides, eat a bit of one (only if you’re a rebel, though), and bake them at 350 for 5 minutes.

Ahh, biscotti. You make it all worthwhile.

Serve these with some nice strong espresso- and if you have some ice cream with it, I promise not to tell anyone. Try making these for Santa this year!



Mithai  is a general term for Indian sweets. They mostly all have their own names- Gulab Jamun, Jalebi, etc- but this one is a specialty of my mom. My sister and I named it Mama Mithai when we were younger, and that was what my […]

Biscuit Cake

Biscuit Cake

This is one of my mom’s recipes. I don’t post them very often, but after trying out this recipe, I think I should. I was trying to find a way to use the chocolate buttercream I made yesterday, and although when she suggested it I […]