Friday, July 17, 2009

Chocolate Walnut Biscotti

Did you ever listen to the silence? Well it's not really the silence because you would have to be pretty far from civilization and crickets. I love to listen to the silence. That is, when I take a minute to actually listen to the silence. Sometimes I don't slow down long enough to know that it has been a while since I listened to the silence. When was the last time I did this? Too long ago. I know that meditation not medication (that c makes all the difference) really works. It quiets the mind. Why is that I just can't make myself sit for five minutes? Okay, maybe the answer comes after therapy and maybe it doesn't. Maybe it's a matter of just doing it. Just doing it. Quieting the mind. Mindful eating.

Have you ever done mindful eating? In a way it may sound lame but really it isn't. The other day I bit into a banana and I was chomping away and I told myself to slow down and enjoy the banana. Think about its texture, the way it feels in my mouth, the smell... you know, the flavor exploded. I was amazed what a difference it made.

What a difference just noticing what is around us by taking the time to notice it. Maybe it makes life beam the way that banana did in my mouth.

Pull up a chair, get a cup of coffee or tea and sit down. Relax. Bite into this biscotti. Close your eyes and think about how delightful it is. Then listen to the quiet, if you can.

This days message brought to you by an extremely tired and thoughtful girl.

Chocolate Walnut Biscotti
Recipe from Epicurious

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350°F. and butter and flour a large baking sheet.

In a bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until combined well. Stir in flour mixture to form a stiff dough. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.

On prepared baking sheet with floured hands form dough into two slightly flattened logs, each 12 inches long and 2 inches wide. Bake logs 35 minutes, or until slightly firm to the touch. Cool biscotti on baking sheet 5 minutes.

On a cutting board cut biscotti diagonally into 3/4-inch slices. Arrange biscotti, cut sides down, on baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. Cool biscotti on a rack. Biscotti keep in airtight containers 1 week and frozen, 1 month.


kat said...

Lovely post. We all need a coffee break from life from time to time

Donna-FFW said...

I would love to listen to the quiet for even 1 minute. Total peace.

Id love it even better with this delicious biscotti.

Chow and Chatter said...

love this advice its so true we all need to do this more, the biscotti is awesome

Mary said...

I have a terrible weakness for biscotti. I love this recipe.

vibi said...

These sound superlicious, Lori! Mmmm... a nice change from the eternal vanilla-almond ones!

Grace said...

silence is so rare here, except for the very early morning. i love that time.
meanwhile, i don't love biscotti, but if it's chocolate, i'll eat it. :)

Katy ~ said...

Lori, I love biscotti, have made them in the past but not chocolate. This looks delish!

We live on the outskirts of a very small city, traffic is almost incessant, but every now and again, in a perfect moment.... silence....

Madam Chow said...

Well said. I have done mindful eating, and should do it more often.

Ali said...

um, biscotti are one of my favorite foods on the planet. It is such a nice treat to have with a morning coffee or tea. Why do I not make them more often!


Murasaki Shikibu said...

The sound of silence is golden but I love to hear you chatter on about food too. :) There's something very pleasant about the way you ramble on about things or explain things in this easy way of yours and I find it very calming and entertaining at the same time. :)

The biscotti looks really amazing btw...