Falling for Dessert

I have a strict rule around here . . .

No baking in July or August!

Well, ok, I’m exaggerating . . . but I do avoid using the oven during the hottest months of summer. Honestly, I think that makes it all the more fun to return to baking once the chill of autumn is in the air!

And what did I choose as my first baked item for fall 2012? Biscotti! The recipe came from dear friend and frequent commenter, Paulette. She featured it on her blog a little while ago and I immediately jotted “Paulette’s Biscotti” at the top of my list of “recipes to try”. She doubles the recipe, but I didn’t. I confess I am a bit of a chicken on that score. When I’m making something for the first time, I usually consider it a test and faithfully follow the recipe. Oven temperatures can vary or the baking powder may be close to it’s expiration date. I figure if all heck breaks loose – at least it’s only a single batch wasted.


The biscotti dough mixes up fairly quickly and then you form it into loaves. Here are mine just before I popped them into the oven . . .


Is there anything better than dessert cooling in the kitchen? Baked to a nice golden color, as per Paulette’s instructions! 🙂


Sir Beads and I have been enjoying a couple of these, every evening, along with a cup of tea. They’re almost gone now (Loud sob, here!) Why oh why didn’t I listen to Paulette and make a double recipe??? They’re soooo GOOD!!!


Wish I could hand you one – right through the screen!

But, you can make your own if you like! 🙂

Just stop by Paulette’s for the recipe.




Falling for Dessert — 13 Comments

  1. O man! Does that look good!
    I can skip food ALL day, but I love to have a cup of coffee and a little sumthin sumthin when I settle in my recliner. The kids call me Cookie Monster, among other loving names. Guess that’s what I get for calling them Children Of The Corn!
    Have a great and happy day
    xx, Carol

  2. Thanks, Carol!
    One of your favorite holidays is just around the corner!
    Hope somebody gives you cookies as a “treat”! 🙂 xo

  3. I’m definitely heading over there to ‘pin’ this recipe and when I get time, there will be the scent of biscotti hitting my kitchen soon. Lookin’ good Crystal!

  4. I’m all for baking in the Fall. I just love the beautiful smells that fill the house!
    These look so yummy! Definitely going to make..
    Thanks for sharing and thanks to Paulette too! 😉

  5. Thank you, Brenda!
    And Ladies – I want to mention that Brenda just baked a fabulous looking treat, as well!
    Click here for her yummy-looking GIANT cookie!
    It’s on my list as I type! xo 😀

  6. Hi Crystal! I’m tickled pink that you began your autumn baking with this recipe, and so happy that you and Sir Beads liked them! They look so yummy, I wish I COULD reach in and grab one off of your pretty plate! …and you dusted them (with a heavy hand!) with confectioners sugar too…just they way I love them! 😀 I’m flattered to be in one of your always lovely posts, Crystal. Thank you so much my sweet friend! xoxo Paulette

  7. Lol, Paulette! 🙂
    Even though I was too chicken to double the recipe . . .
    I was very quick to follow your lead when it came to dusting on the sugar with a “heavy hand!” 😀 xo!

  8. I baked my homemade mac and cheese. There is no way I’m turning on the oven when its 110 degrees outside. This summer was brutal.
    Today it was 57 so its chili and clam chowder this weekend.

    The biscotti looks wonderful. What a great way to end the day with a cup of tea and a treat. Between work, school and homework, I just now got a chance to post. Have a great weekend. The boys (dogs) are going to the dog bakery tomorrow for trick or treating.

  9. Hi Kelly!
    (For any new readers out there…. Kelly is famous in her neighborhood for her mac and cheese! Wish I lived there.)

    Your schedule is extra busy, Kelly. Hope you have a chance to really relax this weekend.What costumes did you choose for the dogs this year!
    🙂 xo!

  10. I better get my comment in before Monday’s new project.. 😀

    Looks too pretty to eat. Did you save any for later? (Can they be frozen?)

  11. Hi Donna 🙂
    None left! Will make them again but maybe not this week as we are in hurricane mode here.
    Please cross your fingers that we don’t lose electricity for a week, as is being predicted!

    (Good question on freezing biscotti! I’ll ask Paulette.) xo

  12. Hi again, Donna!
    Paulette says that in her house the biscotti never stay around long enough to freeze them – but she thinks they would be fine if you did. I think so too but wanted to check with the expert! 😀 (Thanks Paulette!)

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