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Zuni's Cafe Cornmeal and Anise Biscotti Recipe

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1 1/4 cups toasted almonds, about 5 oz.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp. anisette liqueur
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup coarse yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 tbsp. anise seed

Coarsely chop 1/4 cup of the almonds; set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream butter with sugar in a large bowl, until just combined. Beat in eggs, liqueur, baking powder and salt. Stir in 2 cups flour, cornmeal. Next add the whole and chopped almonds and anise seed. If the dough is sticky, just mix in enough of the remaining 1/4 cup flour by tablespoons to form a smooth dough. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Shape each piece into 2-inch wide and 3/4-inch thick logs. Transfer onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing evenly. Bake in a preheated 325 oven for about 30 minutes or until pale golden on the edges. Transfer logs to racks and cool 10 minutes. Maintain oven temperature. Place log on work surface and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices. Arrange slices, cut side down, on cookie sheets. Return to the oven and bake until very light brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer biscotti to rack and cool completely.

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Personal Notes:
This recipe came from the famous Italian Zuni Cafe in San Francisco. It is different from most biscotti recipes because it made with coarse cornmeal, which gives them an unusual rustic texture.




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