Frugal Foodie Mama: Coconut Chai Biscotti {The Leftovers Club Recipe}

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Coconut Chai Biscotti {The Leftovers Club Recipe}

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So earlier in the month, I saw some chatter and recipe links floating around on Twitter about a new little fun foodie program that had just started called The Leftovers Club from Savory Simple.  After probing a little and finding the club page, I decided that this was my kind of club!  You basically are paired up with another blogger, make some goodies that month, send the "leftovers" to your partner, and then post the recipe for what you sent to them on the first Thursday of the following month.  I strongly suggest you all get signed up for the next go-round of The Leftovers Club. ;)

This past month I was paired up with Colleen from Souffle Bombay. After conversing a bit with her via email, I learned that she is a hot tea drinker.  I have recently become pretty obsessed with this Sweet Coconut Thai Chai tea from Celestial Seasonings, so it became the inspiration for my Coconut Chai Biscotti that I sent to Colleen.  (Psssttt... Colleen sent me amazingly chocolaty Mexican brownies with a spicy kick. Make sure you check out her blog today for that recipe!)
Also, I may be a tiny bit obsessed with making homemade biscotti lately. ;)  It really is so simple to make, and so much more cheaper than the biscotti you buy at the fancy coffee shop. 

What you will need:
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp coconut extract
2 cups flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup shredded coconut

For the cinnamon white chocolate glaze-
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1 tsp canola oil
1/8 tsp cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.  Set aside.

Combine the eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla and coconut extracts in a large bowl.  Beat on medium speed until the the mixture is light in color, about 3-4 minutes.  
Fold in the shredded coconut.

In a medium bowl, whisk all the spices (the cinnamon through the black pepper) evenly into the flour.  
On low speed, gradually beat the flour/spice mixture into the wet mixture until incorporated.

Transfer the dough to your lined baking sheet and form into a flat loaf, about 15 inches long & 5-6 inches wide.  Bake for 25 minutes, and then remove from the oven.  Turn the heat down to 325.  
Allow the loaf to cool for about 5-10 minutes.  I like to lightly pat down the loaf with water after it has cooled for about 5 minutes to prevent the loaf from cracking.

Once the loaf has cooled a bit but is still warm, cut into about 1 inch thick slices using a chef's knife.  I know that most people tend to use a serrated knife when cutting biscotti, but I ALWAYS find that my slices rip and crumble when I use one.  I switched to cutting them with a chef's knife and never had that problem again. :)
You can cut your slices on a diagonal, if you wish.  I usually just cut them straight across.

Once cut, transfer all the slices flat side down back to the baking sheet.  Bake an additional 20-25 minutes.
Transfer the baked slices to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely.

Once cooled, you can prepare the cinnamon white chocolate drizzle or glaze.  Mix your white chocolate chips and canola oil in a microwave safe bowl.  Microwave on high for 1 minutes, and then mix.  If it isn't 100% melted and smooth when you mix it, microwave for another 15 seconds.  Then mix in the cinnamon.  I like to drizzle my biscotti while they are still on the wire rack.  I just slide a piece of waxed paper underneath of the rack to catch the drippings.  
Allow the chocolate to harden completely, and then store in an airtight container for up to a month.

I was really pleased with how the flavor of these biscotti turned out.  It had just the right amount of spice to it, and went wonderfully with a cup of hot tea or a nice cup of coffee.  I hope Colleen has enjoyed them as much as I have. :)

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So, what do you all think?  Will you be joining us in The Leftovers Club this month? ;)
Be sure to check out the other recipes in this month's The Leftovers Club below!

Savory Simple - Quinoa Granola
Bakeaholic Mama - Amish Friendship Muffins
Damn Delicious - Cinnamon Puppy Chow
Frugal Foodie Mama - Coconut Chai Biscotti
Let's Give Peas a Chance - Chocolate Chip & Potato Chip Cookie Bars
A Zesty Bite - Oreo Toffee Brownies
Sugar Dish Me - Chocolate Cake Cookies
Eats Well With Others - White Chocolate Blondies
Kelly Bakes - Lemon Thyme Shortbread
Eat Bake Drink Cook - Frosted Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars
Food n' Focus - English Muffin Bread

Coconut Chai Biscotti

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Ingredients (10-12 biscotti)
    For the biscotti
    • 2 eggs
    • 2/3 cup sugar
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp coconut extract
    • 2 cups flour
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp ginger
    • 1/4 tsp cloves
    • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
    • 1 tsp cardamom
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper
    • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
    For the cinnamon white chocolate glaze
    • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
    • 1 tsp canola oil
    • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
    Instructions
    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
    Combine the eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla and coconut extracts in a large bowl. Beat on medium speed until the the mixture is light in color, about 3-4 minutes.
    Fold in the shredded coconut.
    In a medium bowl, whisk all the spices (the cinnamon through the black pepper) evenly into the flour.
    On low speed, gradually beat the flour/spice mixture into the wet mixture until incorporated.
    Transfer the dough to your lined baking sheet and form into a flat loaf, about 15 inches long & 5-6 inches wide. Bake for 25 minutes, and then remove from the oven. Turn the heat down to 325.
    Allow the loaf to cool for about 5-10 minutes. I like to lightly pat down the loaf with water after it has cooled for about 5 minutes to prevent the loaf from cracking.
    Once the loaf has cooled a bit but is still warm, cut into about 1 inch thick slices using a chef's knife. I know that most people tend to use a serrated knife when cutting biscotti, but I ALWAYS find that my slices rip and crumble when I use one. I switched to cutting them with a chef's knife and never had that problem again.
    You can cut your slices on a diagonal, if you wish. I usually just cut them straight across.
    Once cut, transfer all the slices flat side down back to the baking sheet. Bake an additional 20-25 minutes.
    Transfer the baked slices to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely.
    Once cooled, you can prepare the cinnamon white chocolate drizzle or glaze. Mix your white chocolate chips and canola oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minutes, and then mix. If it isn't 100% melted and smooth when you mix it, microwave for another 15 seconds. Then mix in the cinnamon. I like to drizzle my biscotti while they are still on the wire rack. I just slide a piece of waxed paper underneath of the rack to catch the drippings.
    Allow the chocolate to harden completely, and then store in an airtight container for up to a month.
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    24 comments :

    1. Yummy! This looks delicious :) We love biscotti!

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    2. Yay for Leftovers Club!! This looks great! I love biscotti and chai everything. I'm having so much fun checking out everyone's stuff!

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    3. These were FABULOUS!! The photo just doesn't do them justice, they would make a fantastic holiday, birthday or "just because" gift paired with an adorable tea cup and a few tea bags. The icing was incredible!! I can't wait to make these...thanks so much Carrie for introducing me to biscotti xo!

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    4. What a great combo of flavors! I love me some biscotti!!

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    5. These do look like they would be awesome with a big mug of Earl Grey!

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    6. I have yet to make biscotti. I like it. I just don't know why I haven't made it yet - but after seeing yours with the huge coconut flakes?!? I WANT these!!! Look so good!!

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    7. Super awesome! I've already pinned the recipe and the spice list looks fantastic. Thanks for being a co-host on the AFBH!

      natashalh

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    8. Yummy! It's been awhile since I've had a biscotti :) I'm a new follower from the Aloha Friday Blog Hop!!

      Jessica
      http://thewonderingbrain.blogspot.com/2013/04/linkin-with-my-ladies-hop-9.html

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    9. This biscotti looks delish! I like the sound of the leftovers club - great idea!

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    10. Hi, I am a new follower from the Aloha Friday Blog Hop! Thanks for co-hosting this party! I love your Blog! This recipe looks delicious, I'll have to do it!
      I'm following you via GFC and bloglovin.
      I hope that you will visite my blog and if you like my creations you will considere to follow me back!
      Marisa from
      http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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    11. Hi! New follower via Bloglovin from the Aloha hop! Love a follow back! Thanks!
      Alaina of Bullocks Buzz - http://www.bullocksbuzz.com
      Bloglovin: http://www.bloglovin.com/en/blog/3983701

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    12. Hey gorgeous, just stopping by to show some love to my fellow co-host in the Aloha Friday Blog Hop. We are so happy to have you this month. I followed you, feel free to stop by my blog when you get a chance :-)

      xoxo Pakize

      Madame Keke

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    13. Love the tea inspiration! And these look delish!

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    14. WOW this looks so good, i love biscotti, need to try this! stopping by and follwing from alaoha blog hop, many greetings from far aways Germany, noni

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    15. Chai flavors in biscotti sound absolutely lovely! So much warm and happy flavor.

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    16. Another great recipe to try and pin...thank you!

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    17. YUM! Love chai, love biscotti, pretty sure I'll love the combo!

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    18. Ohh! I love all of these flavours! Delish!

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    19. Printed off your recipe. I'm intrigued by the cardamom...it's one of my favorite flavors. Thanks for sharing it! Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

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    20. Holy cow this looks friggin' amazing - I am definitely pinning this puppy!

      I wandered over here from the Aloha hop, and am happy to meet you - I am now following you via Bloglovin' and GFC and can't wait to see what foodie gems your produce! Yum!

      Melanie
      My Imperfect...

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    21. Wow do those look fantastic! I cannot wait to make them and eat them.

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    22. mmm, mm! These look divine! Thanks for a great recipe, haven't made biscotti in years, this looks like just the recipe to try out :)

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    23. I'm a little bit obsessed with biscotti too yet I haven't made my own yet. All those spices and the addition of the coconut doesn't have me obsessed over regular biscotti anymore because I'm obsessing over this recipe. Definitely looks like a keeper of a recipe. I'll be baking these some day soon. Thanks.

      These are being featured on todays Sugar & Slice Sunday link party.

      -Lisa.
      Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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    24. I love chai flavor! I have never made biscotti. Something to new to try soon! Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I've pinned this for later.

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