4 ounces (1 loosely packed cup) crystallized ginger
1¼ cups whole almonds, blanched or unblanched
3 cups sifted flour
¾ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp baking powder
1¼ tsp finely ground white pepper
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground mustard powder
¼ tsp ground cloves
½ cup sugar
3 large eggs
½ cup honey
When shopping for ginger, I prefer Trader Joe’s “Uncrystallized Ginger” as it isn’t covered in sugar. Whatever you purchase, cut
- 4 ounces (1 loosely packed cup) crystallized ginger
into thin slices and then crosswise to make pieces about the size of small green peas. Scissors may make this task easier. Set aside.
- 1¼ cups whole almonds, blanched or unblanched
in a shallow pan in a 350° F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly colored, stirring once during toasting. Set aside to cool
Into a large bowl, sift together
- 3 cups sifted flour
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1¼ teaspoon finely ground white pepper (if you’re using pre-ground pepper use only 1 tsp as it packs down more than what you grind fresh)
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground mustard powder
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp sugar
Stir in the crystallized ginger and nuts. In a small bowl, beat together
- 3 large eggs
- ½ cup honey
and add to dry ingredients. Stir until the dry ingredients are completely moistened. Place two 18- to 20-inch lengths of plastic wrap on the counter. Form two strips of the dough, one on each piece of plastic wrap. Do this by spooning half of the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls in the middle, lengthwise, of each piece of plastic wrap to form strips about 13 inches long. Flatten the tops slightly by dipping a large spoon in water and pressing down on the dough with the wet spoon. Keep wetting the spoon to work the dough more easily, as the dough is sticky.
Lift the two long sides of one piece of plastic wrap, bringing them together on the top of the dough. Press the plastic wrap in place on the top, and, using your hands, smooth the dough to form an even strip about 13 to 14 inches long and 2½ to 3½ inches wide and no thicker than ¾ inch high. If any air bubbles form, pierce a small hole with the tip of a sharp knife to let the air escape, then press on the plastic wrap to spread the dough into that space. Shape both strips, place on a cookie sheet and freeze for at least an hour or until firm enough to unwrap (or as much longer as you wish).
To bake, adjust two racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat oven to 300° F. Line two large cookie sheets with baking parchment or aluminum foil, shiny side up. Place one strip of dough diagonally on a lined sheet, and slowly peel the plastic wrap off the dough. Repeat with the second strip of dough and the second cookie sheet.
Bake for 50 minutes, reversing the sheets top to bottom and front to back once during the backing to insure even baking. These will turn quite dark during baking.
Reduce the oven temperature to 275° F and remove the sheets from the oven. Immediately—carefully and gently—peel the parchment or foil away from the backs of the strips and slice the strips while they are still very hot. On a cutting board, use a clean towel to hold a strip in place and slice with a serrated knife. Slice on an angle; the sharper the angle, the longer the cookies, and the more difficult it will be to slice them very thin. This can be a challenge, but do your best. Cut them about ¼ to ⅓ inch wide.I have an electric slicer and it lets me make incredibly thin biscotti.
Place the slices on a cut side on the cookie sheets; don’t worry about leaving any room between the biscotti. Bake at 275° F for about 25 minutes. (If you re-bake the biscotti one sheet at a time they will bake in a bit less time.) Because these are so thin, you will not need to turn them upside down during the second baking, but you should reverse the sheets top to bottom and front to back once during the baking. Bake just until dry; you will need to test them when they are cool to know if they are crisp enough. Do not overbake.
Store in an airtight container after they cool.
Adapted from Maida Heatter’s Brand-New Book of Great Cookies