Flour & Eggs: Ok, strictly speaking that’s two ingredients but our point is this: the best extra virgin olive oil is an excellent component of many delicious baking recipes. It offers a lighter, healthier alternative to butter. Why not try it in this Italian classic; biscotti.
The word Biscotto, used in modern Italian to refer to a biscuit (or cookie) of any kind, originates from the medieval Latin word biscoctus, meaning “twice-cooked”. It characterised oven-baked goods that were baked twice, so they became very dry and could be stored for long periods of time. Such non-perishable food was particularly useful during journeys and wars, and twice-baked breads were a staple food of the Roman legions.
- 230ml Morocco Gold extra virgin olive oil
- 170g caster sugar
- 130g demerara sugar
- 1 vanilla pod
- 1 lemon zest
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp milk
- 330g plain flour, sifted
- A pinch of salt
- Mix together the olive oil, sugars, vanilla and lemon zest. Add the eggs and milk, and mix well, then add the sifted flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda, and let the dough rest for 24 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 170C/340F/gas mark 3-4. Roll the dough into small balls, flatten slightly then bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown.
- Prepare some coffee to drink with the biscotti.