Brown butter is one my most favorite things...ever. It is such a delicious flavor, however it's not very popular among the masses. This makes me like it even more. The flavor is hard to describe, but it's somewhere in between sweet, caramel, maple, and nutty.
The best part is brown butter is super easy to make and once you get the hang of it, I bet you'll be making it all the time. You can also use it in other things besides desserts, like pancakes, waffles, muffins, cinnamon rolls, scones, and more. This Brown Butter Biscotti recipe is one of my favorites recipes. And, this recipe has one quick adjustment to make them gluten free if you want as well. Get the recipe below for my simple Brown Butter Biscotti.
Tips for making the best Brown Butter Biscotti
• Make sure your brown butter is cool before beginning the recipe.
• When forming the biscotti log, make sure it's even so the biscotti cooks evenly and you have even sized pieces.
• The resting period is very important for biscotti, as this allows you to easily cut it without it breaking. If you do cut it and it seems hot or doughy still, you can let it rest a little bit longer. You want nice clean cuts. And if it was very doughy and broke easily at this stage, then that's an indicator that you should have baked it a little longer. Everyone's oven is a little different, so make a note of that for the next time you bake it, and add 5 minutes to the initial time.
• For the second bake of the biscotti, make sure it's golden brown and crispy looking upon coming out of the oven. You can always bake it a little bit longer here as well, as everyone's oven is a little different. Set a timer for 2 minutes and go from there.
• Tempering the chocolate is optional. Since biscotti is a dessert that can sit out on the counter for days, I like to temper the chocolate so it doesn't get sweaty. But, it is not necessary. If you don't temper it, you may want to store your biscotti in the fridge.
Brown Butter Biscotti
1/2 cup (113 grams) organic salted butter
113 grams (1/2 cup) organic packed dark brown sugar
50 grams (scant 1/4 cup) organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 organic large eggs
255 grams (2 cups) organic all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
285 grams (10 ounces) organic white chocolate, chopped
Brown the butter – this is an easy thing to do. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the stick of butter. The butter will start to melt and once it turns into a liquid, it will start to bubble a little. Stir it occasionally with a spatula, and once the butter turns a maple syrup color and smells nutty and sweet it’s done. You will also see small brown specs in the butter; this means it’s done. Be very careful not to burn this, it does cook very quickly at this stage. Immediately scrape the butter into your mixing bowl so you get every last delicious spec. Allow the butter to cool completely before beginning the next step.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add browned butter, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined.
Add in the eggs, mix on low until combined, scrape the sides of bowl and mix again until combined.
In a separate bowl, add flour, baking soda, and sea salt and whisk together. Then add to butter mixture and mix on low until combined.
Using your hands form a large log out of the cookie dough and flatten slightly so its about 1 inch thick, it will be about 13 x 4 inches.
Bake for 35 minutes or until the middle looks set, but not completely done. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Trim off the edges, then slice into 12 pieces and bake again for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.
Once the biscotti have cooled, in a double boiler melt 226 grams (8 ounces) of the white chocolate until it reaches 100°F on a chocolate thermometer. Remove from heat and add in the remaining chocolate and stir to combine, let temperature come to 89°F.
Once the chocolate is completely melted and smooth, dip or coat one side of the biscotti in white chocolate.
Allow to cool until chocolate has set, you can even pop in the fridge or freezer to speed up process.
Store in a cool dry place or in the fridge for up to 7 days.
Gluten Free - Replace the organic flour with 210 grams ( 1 1/3 cups) organic gluten free flour blend and 28 grams (1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon) organic coconut flour.
High Altitude – Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until the middle looks set but not completely done, then remove and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut as instructed and bake again for 15 minutes.
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