Friday, February 20, 2015



Today as I'm writing this post my excitement is at peek ,guess why? ok lets quit the guessing game and i'll tell you , i have joined a group of "AVID" bakers that's how exciting this group is .I recently sent an email to the admin i.e Hanaa @ Hanaathebaker, she responded to me very rapidly that she is happy to welcome me to the group of amazing bakers Yay:) and then when i joined the Facebook group page i got really warm  response from other members too.My post today is my first challenge as part of Avid Bakers , for February challenge it was kind of late as due date was long gone but Hanna and other members encouraged me to still do the post and share it on the group Facebook page here,i was like time to get in action!!!

As Avid baker you have to do certain challenges from a book or a blog selected by Hanaa the Admin ,this year we are doing the recipes from a blog Scientifically Sweet by Christina Marsigliese, she is an author of a cookbook too.And for other rules about the group you can go here and get all the information.

 For February our recipe of choice was "Orange,Almond and date biscotti" which i have never made before so..very exciting for me !!i used original recipe with some variations so please come on and make some  with me !!

For this recipe we needed some orange zest and i was really happy that i could use oranges sitting in my fruit basket right from dear garden!!

and yes do visit other members blog for their experiences with this recipe here!!

Orange ,Almond and Date Biscotti


2 cups Flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil
2 tbsp orange zest
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated pure cane sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup roughly chopped Almonds
1/ cup chopped dates


Pre heat oven to 350F and line baking sheet with foil

in a large bowl sift together flour,baking powder and salt,stir in the Almonds

whisk eggs and sugars until well mixed,then add in oil,orange zest,vanilla

now add flour mixture and mix well,now add dates to form a sticky dough

divide dough in half

 form 12 inches long and 3 inches wide logs

lightly brush with egg mixture on top and sides

bake until golden brown and slightly cracked on top for 20-25 mins

transfer baking sheet on cooling rack and let it cool completely,about 15 mins

diagonally cut 3/4 inch thick slices with a serrated knife

lower oven temperature to 300 F

bake both side about 7 mins until lightly golden and crisp on each side

serve warm and enjoy with a cup of coffee!!