What a perfect Christmas Eve! It began at noon (when I woke up) when my Ma and I started a double batch of almond biscotti. She is a master baker and let me tag along while I pretended to look professional. Isn’t she sweet?
I handled this mess:
* 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
* 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
* 3 eggs
* 1 teaspoon anise or vanilla extract
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* Dash salt
* 1/2 cup chopped almonds
* 2 teaspoons milk
1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and 1 cup sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in anise or vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture. Stir in almonds. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease foil. Divide dough in half; spread into two 12-in. x 3-in. rectangles on foil. Brush with milk and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees F. Lift rectangles with foil onto wire rack; cool for 15 minutes. Place on a cutting board; slice diagonally 1/2 in. thick. Place slices with cut side down on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Turn cookies over; bake 10 minutes more. Turn oven off, leaving cookies in oven with door ajar to cool. Store in airtight container.
For Christmas Eve dinner we had homemade chicken noodle soup with a very robust salad. We really spent most of the night laughing at Molly the puppy, though. I miss being a dog owner!! This one is a total riot:
Auntie and I:
Breezy, you were missed! We love you soooo much (even though this crazy dog is totally your fault :)).
Merry Christmas Eve to all!
(P.S. Workout today: 2 miles on tread -one running- and 30 minutes of intervals on the elliptical… thank you Ripon Medical Center gym!)