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Anise oil, sweet and aromatic, is a traditional Italian licorice-like flavoring for biscotti. Also believed to be medicinal, anise seed was used by the Ancient Romans in their spiced cakes served at the end of their feasts as a digestive.
Why buy biscotti when Rosanne LeBlanc shows us how easy it is to make homemade anise biscotti, the most traditional Italian type? With some basic ingredients and 40 minutes of baking time, you can create the biscottis to use with many of Rosanne’s recipes.
Simply mix sugar to melted shortening with eggs, add anise flavoring, flour and baking powder to create the biscotti dough. Then shape into logs and place onto a cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes or until firm to touch. Cut on the diagonal and bake for a second time for 10-15 min. Enjoy a fantastic Italian treat!
½ cup melted shortening
1 ¼ cups sugar
2 Tablespoons anise extract (or 1/4 teaspoon of anise oil)
2 ¾ cups flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking power
1. Melt shortening and cool. Add to mixing bowl.
2. Add sugar and mix. It’s OK if it’s crumbly.
3. Add eggs and mix until smooth. Add anise and blend.
4. Sift together dry ingredients, add to wet ingredients and mix until the mixture is not sticky. Add more flower if needed.
5. Form into logs and place on cookie sheet on middle rack of oven (to prevent burning or cracking).
6. Bake 365° for about 25 minutes, or until firm to touch.
7. Slice diagonally. Bake about 10-15 min for a second time.
8. Enjoy (you can add topping of your choice)
Loved cooking and baking since I was a young girl. Both parents worked, so after school I would cook and bake and experiment with all kinds of food. Biscotti became my passion when I realized I cou