As Valentine’s Day approaches, the ALLÓRA team has been inspired to create beautiful love-themed gifts for the ones we care for. Below is a recipe for a truly Italian dish of biscotti, adapted to be the perfect gift for a Valentine.
If you’re feeling particularly romantic, pair a box of these lovely biscotti with one of our new heart design tea towels for a wonderful gift. They are available in a range of colours, so you can pick your Valentine’s favourite shade.
Heart- Shaped Biscotti
- 250 grams plain flour
- 1.5 tablespoons baking powder
- 113 grams butter, softened
- 100g sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 100 grams dried cherries
- 100 grams chopped pecans
- 113 grams of white chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- Two mixing bowls
- A hand whisk or mixing machine
- Large copper saucepan (such as one from our copper range)
- Glass bowl, large enough to fit comfortably on top of the saucepan
- One rolling pin
- One baking tray, sprayed with cooking spray
- One heart shaped cookie cutter
- A beautiful display plate (such as our heart-shaped glassware)
- In one mixing bowl, add the flour and the baking powder together. Mix thoroughly.
- In the other mixing bowl, add the butter and sugar, and whisk until the mixture is light and fluffy with either a hand whisk or machine whisk.
- Gradually add the eggs, mixing constantly, followed by the vanilla essence.
- Once the eggs and vanilla are combined, add the flour mixture, beating thoroughly to ensure it is evenly distributed.
- Add the cherries and nuts, as well as a handful of the white chocolate pieces.
- Add some flour to a flat surface and roll out the dough with the rolling pin until it is about a quarter of an inch thick. Using your cookie cutter, cut the heart shapes as you desire, making sure to reroll the dough if you have leftover scraps.
- Put the heart shaped dough cutouts on your baking tray, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly brown. Turn each heart over, and cook again for another 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden.
- Set the hearts to one side. Whilst they cool, put some boiling water in your copper saucepan and place the glass bowl on top. The water should not touch the bottom of the bowl. Add the white chocolate to the bowl, and bring the water to the boil again. This will melt the chocolate.
- Drizzle the white chocolate over the cookies, and decorate with cherries or nuts as desired. Leave to cool until the chocolate has regained its hardness.
- Place your finished creations on a love-themed plate, such as our Cuore Red heart-shaped dish from Vetrofuso by Daniela Poletti.
This recipe will definitely impress your Valentine, and is an easy way to bring some Italian romance to your special day. Browse our selection of copper pots and heart-shaped dishes to use them in your own romantic culinary endeavours!