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Mexican chocolate is an ingredient that I keep in my pantry so that I can make amazing hot chocolate any time that I get the urge. The chocolate is sold in thick tablets and has a unique texture and flavor that sets it apart from other types of chocolate. Mexican chocolate is made with sugar, cacao nibs and cinnamon, which gives it a little spice. These ingredients are ground together to create a chocolate with a deep roasty, dark chocolate flavor and a gritty texture. The texture comes from a generous amount of coarse, undissolved sugar in the chocolate. I know that this might sound a little odd at first, but this unique chocolate is incredibly flavorful and very delicious.
While I often use it to make hot chocolate, you can use the chocolate in other ways. These Mexican Chocolate Biscotti are loaded with chunks of spicy, rich Mexican chocolate and toasted almonds. Despite what you may thing, the Mexican chocolate is not overly sweet and that means that these biscotti aren’t either. They’re ideal for pairing with a mug of hot chocolate, in fact, and you could also pair them with coffee or a cocktail.
The most difficult part of making this recipe is cutting the Mexican chocolate into chunks. The chocolate tablets are very thick and it requires quite a bit of effort to break them apart. I use a chef’s knife or a chocolate chipper when breaking them down into chunks, and I do so very carefully so as to avoid any knife-slippage on the thick tablets. Once the chocolate is chopped, the rest is easy. The cookie dough is shaped into logs and baked once, then cut into individual cookies before being baked a second time. As with most biscotti recipes, these cookies keep extremely well once they are cooled and crisp, so store them in an airtight container and you’ll have sweet snacks on hand for a long time.
Mexican Chocolate Biscotti
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 large egg white
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sliced, toasted almonds nuts
1 cup chopped Mexican chocolate (about 1 tablet)
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by the egg white and vanilla extract.
With the mixer on a slow speed, gradually incorporate the flour mixture, stirring just until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Stir in almonds and chocolate.
Divide the dough in half. Shape one half of the dough into a log about 2-in high and 8-10-in long (log should be quite narrow) on the prepared baking sheet (dough will be quite sticky; use a spatula or bench scraper, or lightly flour your hands to make it easier to shape). Dough will spread, so repeat the process with the rest of the dough on another baking sheet.
Bake logs for about 30-35 minutes, until golden and set. Cookies will spring back when lightly pressed in the center.
Allow dough log to cool on a wire rack for 20-25 minutes, then slice into cookies 1/2 inch thick using a sharp chefs knife or serrated knife. Arrange flat on baking sheet.
Turn the oven down to 325F, bake cookies a second time for 10 minutes, then flip the cookies and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until they are lightly browned on the sides and slightly crisp. The cookies will firm up more as they cool.
Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before storing in an airtight container.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.
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Happy first Saturday of 2017!
How did the first week of the new year treat you? I sort of eased out of my holiday vacation slash maternity leave with a lot of time at home, and we got all of our Christmas decorations down and put away. The house always looks so bare and dark once everything is taken down. The big thing on the docket this weekend is the Steelers playoff game this Sunday – my husband is going to the game, but I’ll be hunkered down at home with a big bowl of chili staying warm! What are you up to?
As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week, the most shared recipes, my Sunday dinner menu, and recipes I’ve bookmarked from other blogs. Enjoy!
2016 Year in Review: A Month-by-Month Look Back – A recap of the last year, including some of my favorite memories, recipes and photos.
17 in 2017: My Resolutions – A list of all of my resolutions for 2017.
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Recipes and posts from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like, too:
This chocolate peanut butter cup pound cake is a total dream.
I am totally making room for these crispy cheesy potato stacks on my next menu!
Easy cold brew coffee pie seems like a great way to get my caffeine fix… pie for breakfast?!
I need to make this Kentucky butter crunch cake for the Kentucky derby this year!
I’m a huge mushroom fan, so I’m thinking of keeping a batch of these sauteed garlic butter mushrooms in the refrigerator to add to meals throughout the week.
Have a delicious weekend!
If you like key lime pie, you are going to love this easy, sweet, and tart lemon cream pie recipe! With only three ingredients, the filling can be whipped up in minutes. And because this pie is baked, the filling has a wonderful smooth consistency that holds its shape when you slice it.
My daughter turned 6 months old the other day and I am in shock at how fast time has passed since she was born. I’ve heard parents says this over and over and over, but of course I had no real understanding of what it meant.
So far parenthood has been a constant struggle to stay present and appreciate each day, each moment, each second while secretly and openly yearning for the changes to come. (First smile, first giggle, first full night of sleep, first word, first step—so many firsts to anticipate!)
But it’s all accompanied by an intense mourning as each stage passes.
It’s the ever-present feeling of loss that I wasn’t prepared for. Each tiny outgrown piece of clothing is marked by at least a few tears as it is carefully folded and set aside.
I’ve jokingly referred to the laundry basket in the closet where I temporarily store her outgrown clothes before sorting and packing them away as the basket of sorrow. I laugh about it—you have to, but at times it has been gut-wrenching.
Luckily, all those feelings are balanced by joy. So much joy! Indescribable joy. And more tears, but happy tears. (Seriously, I was not prepared for the amount of crying that would happen this first year.)
What I’m currently experiencing is the loss of this lemon cream pie that was polished off by my husband last night, because it also brought joy. I made it for Phil’s birthday, so it was his right to eat the last piece, but it still hurt.
Luckily, I have a tree full of lemons that are just starting to ripen, so I can make another for my birthday. And Thanksgiving. And Christmas.
This easy lemon cream pie has become a family favorite since I started making it a few years ago. The filling consists of only three ingredients, which can be whisked together by hand. It bakes up in about 20 minutes, and it seriously comes out perfect every single time.
The easiest version of this pie would involve a store-bought graham cracker crust and pre-made whipped topping. Making it that way would be delicious and if you’re really pressed for time, that’s the way to go.
I prefer a regular pie crust over graham cracker crust, because the pie filling is intensely sweet thanks to the sweetened condensed milk. The pastry crust helps to cut the sweetness just a bit. But if you like a graham cracker crust with key lime pie, you’ll like it with this pie as well.
If you use a store-bought frozen pie crust, you’ll need to prebake it following the directions on the package before adding the filling and baking it again. Still, it’s pretty easy. And you could still use whipped topping from a tub or can if you’re pressed for time.
Of course my version is the most time consuming (and most delicious) of all. I like to start with a homemade, butter-rich pie crust and top it with fresh whipped cream, piped into decorative swirls. This latest pie was made with my sourdough pie crust, but you can use whichever pie crust recipe you like best.
Sometimes I make a regular all-butter pie crust and sometimes I make one that uses a combination of butter and shortening. If you like the type of pie crust that you find at Marie Callender’s, you’ll want to use a pie crust recipe that is made with just vegetable shortening.
My husband prefers the sourdough pie crust with this lemon cream pie because of the amazing flavor, but if you are looking specifically for a tender, flaky crust, you might be disappointed. The sourdough crust is delicious, and it does have some buttery flakes, but it is a very sturdy crust, and can’t really be described as tender and light.
I like to use a homemade stabilized whipped cream topping, which is just sweetened heavy cream with a bit of gelatin added. The stabilized whipped cream will hold it’s shape and won’t weep, even if the pie is decorated the day before you eat it.
We’ve found that this pie will keep perfectly well for up to a week, if it’s stored in a covered container in the refrigerator.
If you don’t need to make the pie in advance, stabilizing the whipped cream isn’t really necessary. I have included instructions for both stabilized and regular homemade whipped cream in the printable recipe at the bottom of this page.
You can use a piping bag and open star decorating tip to create whipped cream swirls or you can just spread whipped cream over the entire pie. I usually opt for swirls, sometimes covering the pie completely, sometimes leaving the center uncovered.
Okay, as you can see, there are many options for this pie. The filling is so delicious that the pie will be a hit no matter how much effort you put into the crust and topping. So just do what works best for you and your schedule.
I used Meyer lemons off my tree for the juice, but regular lemon juice is perfect. Fresh-squeezed will be better than bottled lemon juice.
You’ll need three large egg yolks. These were provided by my chickens, which is why they’re so orange!
You can whisk the yolks by hand or with a hand mixer. I just use a whisk.
Just whisk them for a few minutes until they’ve increased in volume just a bit and lightened in color.
These are the only ingredients you need for the filling: lemon juice, egg yolks, and a can of sweetened condensed milk.
Once you’ve whisked your yolks, whisk in the lemon juice and sweetened condensed milk until everything is well combined.
Pour the filling into your pre-baked pie crust (or prepared graham cracker crust, if that’s what you’re using).
Bake the pie for about 20 minutes at 325 degrees, or until the filling no longer jiggles in the center when you shake it. It might take longer if your pie crust is smaller than 9 inches in diameter, because the filling will be a bit thicker.
Let the pie cool at room temperature then refrigerate it for a few hours before adding the topping.
This lemon cream pie recipe is based on the Eagle Brand Lemon Cream Pie found on All Recipes.
I will be sharing photos and instructions for rolling and blind baking the sourdough pie crust tomorrow. I had planned on combining that with this post, but realized it was going to be too long and contain too many photos!
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