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How to make classic biscotti: chef's tips

  • We’ve kept the flavours here traditional but you could use chopped pisatchios or even add some dark chocolate if you like.
  • You can decorate these by simply dipping them halfway into melted chocolate and allowing to set.
  • Store in an airtight jar once cool for two-three weeks.

Can biscotti be made in advance?

  • You could make the dough the day before baking – then simply wrap in and store in the fridge, bringing to room temperature before you bake.

Classic biscotti recipe


  • 150g whole almonds
  • 250g plain flour
  • 175g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ orange, zested
  • 2 eggs plus 1 yolk, lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • icing sugar, for dusting


  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Spread the almonds out onto a lined baking tray and bake for 7-8 mins, shaking the tray halfway, until golden. Allow to cool slightly then roughly chop into slivers.

  • STEP 2

    Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and orange zest along with a pinch of salt. Stir in the almonds.

  • STEP 3

    Make a well in the centre and pour in the egg and vanilla extract. Use a wooden spoon to bring together and, once you have a rough dough, use clean hands to knead lightly until smooth.

  • STEP 4

    Lightly dust the surface with icing sugar and use floured hands to halve the dough and roll each half into two logs, each about 22cm long.

  • STEP 5

    Transfer to two lined baking trays and bake for 25 mins until golden all over. Allow to cool before slicing with a serrated knife into 1cm pieces.

  • STEP 6

    Reduce the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Rearrange the slices on the lined baking tray (you will need a second one) and bake for another 25 mins, flipping halfway through, until golden. Allow to cool then dust with more icing sugar to serve.

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