9/18/08

Intervention Biscotti Will Make It All Better

Are you a junkie? Do you have an addiction to these two men? Is it becoming so bad that you...

Tivo or DVR MS. Maddow because you have to work yet you can't miss a single word she says? (Yes hon, I'm talking to you. I'm glad you have crushes on really smart women but you know she's gay, right? Sweetie, I have a better chance than you.)

Do you watch every cable news network because you need to see what the enemy is saying?

Do you go to bed with these two?

Do you dream of John King? Or is your dying wish to play with his magic screen? When Jack Cafferty isn't on, do you cry yourself to sleep?

Do you feel like whoever wins, it's going to be the end of the world?

If you said yes to any of these questions, you might as well face it you are addicted to ... politics.

It's bad around here. Katie and Rich have an addiction and I think I am an enabler. All they do is talk politics from sunrise to sunset and I don't stop them. God forbid if I don't have NPR on the radio when I go to pick up Katie from school. And the other day Rich told me I looked worried and upset. I don't know but maybe after watching 4 hours of CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CNBC and their political pundits yelling at each other plus taking care of 4 kids who are also yelling at each other yeah, I might look a teensy bit stressed.

Biscotti and milk will make it better, right?
Chocolate Dipped Pink Salt Biscotti:
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange liqueur
1 cup whole almonds coarsely chopped
1 large egg white
1 container Dolci Frutta
pink salt for sprinkling

Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into medium bowl. Mix sugar, melted butter, 3 eggs, vanilla extract, orange liqueur and zest in large bowl. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir with wooden spoon until well blended. Mix in almonds.

Divide dough in half. Using floured hands, shape each dough half into 13 1/2-inch-long, 2 1/2-inch-wide log. Transfer both logs to prepared baking sheet, spacing apart. Whisk egg white in small bowl until foamy; brush over top and sides of each dough log.

Bake logs until golden brown (logs will spread), about 30 minutes. Cool logs completely on sheet on rack, about 25 minutes. Maintain oven temperature.

Transfer logs to work surface; discard parchment paper. Using serrated knife, cut logs on diagonal into 1/2-inch-wide slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on same baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Turn biscotti over; bake until just beginning to color, about 8 minutes. Transfer to rack and cool.

After the biscotti have cooled, prepare Dolci Frutta according to directions, then pour into a shallow dish. Dip the bottom of the biscotti into the chocolate until you have a nice even layer of chocolate coating the biscotti. Before the chocolate dries into a hard shell sprinkle a little pink salt onto the chocolate layer. Place biscotti on a piece of parchment paper on its side.

Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.
Isn't this what they call stress eating?

30 comments:

MeadowLark said...

Those do look tasty... I've had fair to middlin' success with biscotti.

And actually, I cannot watch the news at all because I'm so sick of this. Although I do believe in your last point "Do you feel like whoever wins, it's going to be the end of the world"

We're hosed.

asthmagirl said...

I have to really work on keeping my optimism firmly in place. I can't afford to consider how our world might look if we go in one direction instead of the other.

But we'll always have biscotti!

phillygirl64 said...

well, except for those big honkin' chunks of almond (serious nut allergy here)...

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm so stressed! Can I have a biscotti?

melissa said...

Do you go to bed with these two?

I'm not really sure how to answer that question without getting obscene.

Sara said...

That's what they call delicious!

It's OK to be addicted to the following: politics, news shows/blogs of all varieties, biscotti, and eating. I hope.

SaraPMcC said...

That's what they call delicious!

It's OK to be addicted to the following: politics, news shows/blogs of all varieties, biscotti, and eating. I hope.

jack's utter lack of surprise said...

ha. stress eating! i came home from a no-good-very-bad day desperate for carbs!

Kristin said...

No, thanks, to the politics. Yes, please, to the cookies.

Sharon said...

I'm a bandwagon politics junkie. I usually don't care, but have certainly gotten into the presidential race this year. I used to laugh at NPR and thought only cabbies listened to it, but now I'm addicted to!

Since I'm interested in politics now, can I have one of your biscottis??

Rayrena said...

First off, yum! I love almonds! Every since making biscotti last month, I've been craving them and make some white chocolate, macadamia, dried cranberries ones but yours look so much prettier than mine. Imagine Jabba the Hut coming out the oven on your baking sheet. Not pretty...

Second, my 20 month old grunts and grunts until we turn on the Daily Show during dinner. My husband always watches it during dinner and now she thinks that it's SUPPOSED to be on at dinner time.

I've never thought of the chocolate dip; sounds yummy!

Familia said...

those biscotti will *so* make it better!

Laura said...

you're right. biscotti and milk DOES make it all better.
but i still intend to go to bed with stewart and colbert.

noble pig said...

Could I come stress eat with you? I'll bring more milk?

Sarah said...

Mmm. John King. *sigh* I'll take a biscotti, please.

katie said...

You forgot:
Do you not only answer yes to 30 min phone surveys at dinnertime regarding "issues affecting the nation" but actually relish the opportunity?

I love Rachel Maddow, is she gay? Does that mean I have a chance?

rachel said...

Hi my name is Rachel and I am a newsaholic. I can totally relate. I think I'm reaching the point of total politico-fatigue, and am counting down the days 'til Nov 4, so that I can reclaim my life and what sanity I have left.
Love your blog!

EAT! said...

My coffee is very lonely this morning. The poppy seed bagel din't cut it. Can you ship some biscotti my way?

xoch said...

Hi, my name is xochitl and I'm a pundit-holic, news-aholic, blog-aholic, you name it. To make it worse, I work in the news. Can I have some biscotti now?

Yum!

Fab posts ecm, I especially loved the potato spa! I almost had diet coke coming out of my nose.

Krysta said...

*phillygirl64... sorry. i'll make a batch without nuts next time.

*melissa... you're my twin!

*ray-ray... you are raising a very smart girl!

*katie... yes she is gay... it's really no big secret look on wiki and the stanford alumni page... she even says 'don't put makeup on me i'm a dyke'... i have a big ol' girl crush on her!

*everyone else... i have enough biscottis to share.

Cheryl said...

Ohh crap I am soo addicted, and pissed, someone stole my Obama sign right out of my yard! BTW the Biscotti look yummy I have never made them before!

cook eat FRET said...

politics aside, i've always been a non-butter biscotti kinda gal....

tony and i prefer them that way

melissa said...

Wonder Twin powers acti... never mind.

Oh Claudia. Ha ha. You.

Lisa said...

I know it would make me feel better... but I'm not the one around here who is addicted to politics. Of course I do listen in :-) but I'd give that up for the biscotti anytime!

Antonio Tahhan said...

politics gets me the same way! is the pink salt you use Himalayan salt by any chance? My host mom in Italy was obsessed with Himalayan salt and I remember it being pink. I don't think she's used it on her biscotti, but I'm sure she'd love the idea : )

Laura said...

Holy moly, thanks for a good laugh. I am not your intended audience, but many in my family are. Therefore, I see the humor. :)

The biscotti look great--I love salt and chocolate.

jennyonthespot said...

There... that's better. Food. yes, much better. Those politics make me all twisty inside!

Cathee Conner said...

(Standing up with head down in shame) My name is Cat and I am a Politics Addict.

I can't turn the stuff off...So chocolate and biscotti are like methadone then?

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