Last evening, I made cacao chip biscotti. I added lemon juice, cinnamon, and anise seed to the base batter. Warm biscotti right out of the oven is the perfect dessert with some farm fresh strawberries and cold kefir/hot tea/cacao. Before these delights, we had Prosciutto Wrapped Beef Fillet and a berry salad. Each recipe is very simple and comes out just right every time.
I flavor the butter first with cinnamon, anise seeds, and fresh lemon juice. These flavors are subtle and brighten the cacao chip flavor. I do this with most of my cookie recipes. Fresh (organic, free range, grass fed, non-GMO) eggs from a local farm make everything you bake better!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Add anise seeds, a squeeze of lemon juice, and cinnamon. Add eggs one at a time; beat until fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extracts. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; Add them to the egg mixture along with the cacao chips. Stir with a spoon and as the dough comes together. Knead by hand.
Divide the dough into 4 parts. Roll each piece into a log about 8-14 inches long. Place logs onto non stick cookie sheets, 2 to a sheet, the long way. Flatten the logs out until they are about 3 inches wide with a slight hump going down the middle, and inch tall. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, loaves should be firm. Cut the loaves into diagonal slices 1/2 inch wide, place the slices onto the cookie sheets and return to the oven. Toast on one side, then turn them over to do the other side. This will take about 7 to 10 minutes. Delicious! We stored these in two glass containers.
Prosciutto Wrapped Beef Fillet
Non-GMO, organic, local, free range, grass-fed ingredients:
A good cut of (organic, free range, grass fed, non-GMO, local) beef makes all the difference. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Place meat in a glass baking dish. Trim most of the fat/sinew off, squirt some lemon juice over the piece, spread either blueberry spread or horseradish mustard over the meat, wrap in prosciutto, and crack some fresh pepper over top.
Place in oven for: 25 min (rare), 35 min (medium), or 45 min (well done.)
I cooked this one for 30 min and it was perfectly soft and delicious!
This heats up really well in a pan for leftovers, and it doesn’t take very long either.
Let it rest for a few min, slice carefully (in one inch pieces) to keep the prosciutto on each piece, and eat while warm.