Francis Olive’s Polenta-Rosemary Biscotti


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Recipe courtesy of Farm to Table Geek (adapted from David Lebovitz’s Cornmeal Biscotti recipe)

212g a/p flour
105g Community Grains Floriani red flint polenta
222g granulated sugar
1 tsp non-aluminum baking soda
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 large eggs
zest of one organic lemon
65g unsalted butter, melted, browned
1 tsp vanilla extract
116g toasted almonds, roughly chopped
1 tsp rosemary leaves chopped as fine as dust

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a photogenic sheet pan with silpat or parchment paper.

2. In your coffee grinder (one that you use only to mill seeds and spices), grind the polenta until  very fine. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, polenta, sugar, salt and baking powder until totally diffused.

3. Whisk the eggs, vanilla and rosemary in a little measuring up, stir this into the dry ingredients. Pour in the browned butter and mix it all up until the dough is moist, crumbly like. Add nuts and again.

4. Squish it all together with your hands to make a cohesive mass.

5. Divide the dough in half and shape into two logs on the awaiting silpat or parchmented baking sheet. Bake until golden around the edges. Approximately 35 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool on the pan for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven to 250.

6. After 20 minutes, using a sharp bread knife, saw the logs into pieces about the thickness of your thumb. Stand the pieces upright and bake for another 20 minutes until golden.

7. Let the biscotti cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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