A little hygge from the Embla test kitchen
In these unprecedented times, taking comfort in your home with simple pleasures like good food and the company of your housemates takes on even greater importance. Hygge (“hoo-ga”) is a Danish term that means a sense of togetherness and comfort. When so many things are unknown across the world, take the time to enjoy your home and the company of those with whom you are sharing your days. To help you with your state of “relaxed thoughtfulness”, why not try making some Black Forest Biscotti, from Embla’s test kitchen. Enjoy with your favourite hot beverage! (served on Vintage Danish and teak stainless serving tray, NV062, $15.00)
Black Forest Biscotti
1/4 cup light olive oil
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa, sifted to remove lumps
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2/3 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup chocolate chips
2/3 cup dried cherries or cherry infused dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 300F (150C).
Mix olive oil and sugar until incorporated, then add eggs, vanilla and almond extract and mix until incorporated. Add flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder and mix until a soft dough. Stir in almonds, chocolate chips and dried fruit.
Line baking tray with parchment paper. Divide dough into two parts and pat each into a flattened rectangle approximately 12×2 inches on the parchment paper. Dough will be sticky so wet hands with cool water to handle more easily.
Bake at 300F(150C) for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 275F(135C). Let cool for 10 minutes, then use a sharp knife to slice into logs ¾ inch thick. Lay on sides on parchment covered baking tray. Bake approximately 8 to 10 minutes at 275F(135C), or until dry. Cool.
If you are feeling extra-fancy, you can accessorize with melted chocolate, dripped or dipped.