Red Wine Biscotti

I’m interrupting my healthy recovery diet to refill my biscotti jar.  I don’t necessarily call these unhealthy though as I use ½ whole wheat flour and olive oil, but there is some sugar.  Red wine, of course, but I’m viewing that as an antioxidant plus!

Just as the photo shows is how I present these biscotti.  They are more on the savory side than sweet, therefore I have also served them as an appetizer with wine and cheese or a with a cheese course ending.  The glass of wine in the center is for dipping the biscotti, soaking in even more wine flavor!  

A ripe, full-bodied wine should be used as the flavor of the wine is dominant.  I like to use Amarone, a rich Italian dry red wine with very little acid.  Serving these biscotti is always fun and uniquely new to many people.  I’m always thrilled when I’m told they are one of their favorites as it is definitely a favorite of mine!

Red Wine Biscotti

Adapted from a recipe clipping found many years ago in a newspaper

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

½ cup sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon course ground black pepper

½ cup dry red wine; I use Amarone

½ cup olive oil

1 large egg white beaten until foamy

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flours, sugar, baking powder salt and pepper in a food processor and process until blended.  With the motor running, pour the wine then the oil through the feed tube and process until mixture forms a ball.  Dough should be fairly firm.  On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into 2 pieces and shape each piece into a log about 10 inches long.  Flatten logs slightly.  Brush with egg white and sprinkle on sesame seeds.  Bake 35 minutes.  Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.  Allow logs to cool for 10 minutes and then diagonally cut into ½ inch slices and return back to the baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.  Remove to racks and allow to cool.  Store covered.

37 thoughts on “Red Wine Biscotti

  1. I think this will be the first biscotti recipe I try. I keep meaning to try them, but I love the red wine with this! I may even put it on our next dinner party menu. 🙂

    1. This would be a good first one as the dough is very easy to work with. Sometimes other dough is harder to shape into the log, kinda sticky. Not sure your kids would like the wine taste tho, better for an adult dinner party!

  2. I love biscotti, and I adore amarone although I can´t rememeber the last time I drank it (have never seen it in Spain). How fabulous to serve them as an appetiser. How long do the docs think recovery will be for you?

  3. Great idea! How my Dad would have loved these! While we kids dipped our biscotti in milk, Dad dipped his in his wine, unless they were anise-flavored, Those he dipped in his coffee or espresso. I need to make these for Zia. I know she’ll love ’em.

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered biscotti with wine… how innovative and fun. I just love the sprinkle of sesame seeds contrasted against the rich colour of the biscuit (better not bring these to the office – hee-hee!).

  5. Totally agree with Kristy – I’ve never made biscotti before – they’re not common or popular where I’m from in Europe like in the US it seems, but I’ve always been curious to try them. This is going on my list of pending recipes! 🙂

  6. Oh my…what a fabulous appetizer/dessert at a cocktail party. I think my book club will think they have died and gone to heaven if I make this and serve with cheese as you suggested…and wine of course. Happy Saturday Linda!

  7. Linda, your biscotti are original and so tempting! I have never seen a biscotti recipe calling for dry wine. I am sure I will try making them one day.
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I am very happy to discover yours!

  8. I love your biscotti recipes. I know where to turn to this holiday for baking biscotti’s for my Italian family. We just finished off our Amarone a few weeks ago. I’ll have to see if I can sneak a bottle into this weeks grocery bill, if not I’m sure a I could find a substitute! I hope your recovery is going well!

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