Chocolate- Dipped Walnut Carquiñolis (Biscotti)

Hola!!

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!

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.

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Add the nuts. (Don’t worry if the dough looks a little dry, its normal).

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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.

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Bake for 30 minutes, until light golden brown and firmly set.

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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). 

 

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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.

Bon profit!

 

 

Chocolate- Dipped Walnut Carquiñolis (Biscotti)

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Ivette

Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at joyofspanishcooking@gmail.com Bon profit!

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