The holidays are just around the corner, I can’t believe it! Time flies. I am going to Spain soon to spend the holidays with my family. I love being home to eat my grandma’s food (and my mom’s…)
Today I made something that I believe you are all familiar with, biscotti. Although, I made them with a slight twist. I made Spanish-style biscotti, called Carquiñolis. A big difference with these is they are not made with any butter or oil.
Carquiñolis are very popular in Spain. And they are even more popular during this time of the year, winter. They are even more delicious served with a rich, hot chocolate! In the spirit of chocolate, I dipped them in dark chocolate. Everything tastes better with chocolate, agreed?! Let’s get into the recipe!
- 1 cup of chopped raw walnuts or almonds such as those from Diamond Nuts
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
- Zest of 1 orange
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon of water (you can use orange juice or vermouth to boost the flavor)
- 1 cup dark chocolate melted
- 1 additional egg (to use as an egg wash)
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease a baking dish. In a medium-sized bowl mix the flour, orange zest, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. Beat in one egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Work the dough until its not crumbly anymore.
Add the nuts. (Don’t worry if the dough looks a little dry, its normal).
Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet, and shape it into a rough log about 12 – 14″ long, 3˝wide, and 1/2˝ thick. Brush with the egg wash.
Bake for 30 minutes, until light golden brown and firmly set.
Carefully (it will be HOT!), transfer the baked log to a cutting board and, using a serrated knife, cut the baked dough into 1/2˝-thick slices (TIP: Saw the knife back and forth instead of pressing down).
Bake one side for 5 minutes, flip it and bake the other side for 5 more minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet on a rack. To dip in the melted chocolate, simply dip half of the carquiñoli in the chocolate. Sprinkle some finally chopped walnuts on top, if desired.