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.
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.
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Cookies and wine are just what the doctor ordered. I love that you have a biscotti category and I love this recipe.
What a great idea! I’ve never heard of wine going in biscotti!
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. 🙂
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!
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?
They removed the hard cast to a boot which I will need to wear for 2 weeks, followed by a soft cast! At least I can take this boot off to shower!
You used Amarone?! I adore Amarone, but it is so expensive. I may try this with a Cab… or do you think sherry would work? Either way, brilliant idea!
Yes, I agree the Amarone can be expensive. I have used a Merlot as well. It’s better with a deep rich flavored wine. Cab would work as well.
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.
Oh, please let me know if you do make them for her. I’d like to hear what she thinks. Dipping in milk, wine and coffee were all my memories of biscotti too!
Food, Flowers, Herbs and Life!
Ritchey will love these! What a great idea!
You are the queen of biscotti!! Great recipe and I love your creativity! Your picture is just stunning!! Bravissima
Barefeet In The Kitchen
This looks fantastic. I’ve been craving chocolate biscotti for a couple weeks now.
I was sold after just reading the title. I’m a huge red wine fan, and love using it to cook and bake. Definitely antioxidant plus!!
I have some pepper biscotti but the wine gives the biscotti a whole new dimension. Another little something I must make.
Yes, I’ve made pepper biscotti too, and as you probably noticed this does have some pepper in it too. The flavor is really complex and good!
Kay aka Babygirl
Oh bisicott.. where for art thou biscotti lol. This looks absolutely delicious and great for any party or get together. Great post.
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!).
Well, I did bring them to the office as they are my taste testers, but no extra wine for dipping!!
Maris (in Good Taste)
Red wine, olive oil both very healthy. This is a terrific recipe!
What a classy appetizer! You really do have wonderful recipes to share and mist entertain a lot. It sounds like you live a wonderful life 🙂
Thank you! I do believe I have a good life; it’s all in how you look at it….or I guess seeing the wine glass half full would be appropriate to say for this post!
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! 🙂
Yep, time for a dinner party. Sometimes, a girl’s just gotta bake!
Hubby’s gonna’ love these…
I will take a whole loaf please! They sound incredible and look even more so! I love biscotti and i wish I made it more often. You have given me a new reason to make them again!
Genius I tell you, Genius! How can you go wrong with red wine biscotti. Easy to see why this is so many peoples favourite.
Have a happy weekend.
My Inner Chick
Spice Girl—Now, this is my kind of Biscotti! I like the idea of the antioxidant! Can I put chocolate on that, too? 🙂 Yummmmmm
These look classy AND delicious! I love biscotti, just haven’t made it in forever. Maybe this will inspire me!
This recipe just got bookmarked! These sound incredible and look beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Geni - Sweet and Crumby
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!
I consider biscotti very healthy 🙂
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.
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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!
Health recovery diet? Hope you’re ok! You know how much I love wine, this is going in my to-bake list 🙂
this sounds very intriguing!