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Savory Biscotti

I like making soups, chilis, stews, and chowders, but I am tired of making the same ol' side of rice, corn bread, or buying french bread. I found this biscotti recipe, and it went great with my chili.  I am happy for my change in four because it was also addicting and it just made it a little more healthy.  They lasted about 2 days, and I'm sure if I hadn't put it away after dinner the 1st night, they would have been gone before bedtime.
Besides the flour change, I also had to change the herbes de Provence because I went to 3 different stores, and could not find it.  So, something widely available, is Italian seasoning which ended up working wonderfully.
Try them and you'll see they're a great alternative. Enjoy!

makes about 12

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole what flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed
3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup (2 ounces) goat cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs, beaten, at room temperature

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, Italian seasoning, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and goat cheese together until smooth. Beat in the sugar and eggs. In batches, add the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. With damp hands, form the dough into a 13-inch-long, 3 1/2-inch-wide loaf. Bake until light golden, about 30 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 30 minutes.
Transfer the loaf to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut the log on the diagonal into 1/2-inch thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake until pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a wire rack and cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Adapted from Savory Biscotti Recipe - Giada de Laurentiis


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