PARMESAN BLACK-PEPPER BISCOTTI

 

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  • Servings: 5-6 doz
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 oz Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated (2 1/4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Special equipment: an electric coffee/spice grinder

Directions

  • Put oven racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat oven to 350F.
  • Pulse peppercorns in grinder until coarsely ground.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, 2 cups cheese, and 1 tablespoon ground black pepper in a large bowl.
  • Blend in butter with a pastry blender or your fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  • Whisk 3 eggs with milk and add to flour mixture, stirring with a fork until a soft dough forms.
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and quarter dough.
  • Using well-floured hands, form each piece into a slightly flattened 12-inch-long log (about 2 inches wide and 3/4 inch high).
  • Transfer logs to 2 ungreased large baking sheets, arranging logs about 3 inches apart.
  • Whisk remaining egg and brush some over logs,
  • Then sprinkle tops of logs evenly with remaining 1/4 cup cheese and 1/2 tablespoon ground pepper.
  • Bake, rotating sheets 180 degrees and switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until logs are pale golden and firm, about 30 minutes total.
  • Cool logs to warm on sheets on a rack, about 10 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 300F.
  • Carefully transfer 1 warm log to a cutting board and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices with a serrated knife.
  • Arrange slices, cut sides down, in 1 layer on a baking sheet.
  • Repeat with remaining logs, transferring slices to sheets.
  • Bake, turning over once, until golden and crisp, 35 to 45 minutes total.
  • Cool biscotti on baking sheets on racks, about 15 minutes.

Notes

These are wonderful for a cocktail party

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