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Chocolate-Cherry Biscotti with Almonds

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Biscotti are one of those treats you see in a glass jar on the counter in a café or in the display case in a
bakery but may not consider making at home. They’re actually quite easy to make, and they store well.
Biscotti are forgiving, too, since they are meant to be hard, inviting dips into coffee, tea, milk or dessert wine.

 

Chocolate-Cherry Biscotti with Almonds

1/2 cup (2 1/2 oz./75 g) slivered blanched almonds

3/4 cup (4 1/2 oz./140 g) unsweetened dried cherries

3 Tbs. kirsch

2 3/4 cups (14 oz./440 g) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1/4 cup (3/4 oz./20 g) unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/8 tsp. salt

3 large eggs

1 cup (8 oz./250 g) sugar

1 tsp. pure almond extract

6 oz. (185 g) semisweet chocolate, very finely chopped

 

Preheat an oven to 325°F (165°C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

 

In a small, dry frying pan, toast the almonds over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Pour onto a plate to cool. Set aside.

 

In a small bowl, combine the cherries and kirsch and toss to coat the cherries. Set aside.

 

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar and almond extract until well blended and lightened in color. Add the flour
mixture and chocolate and beat until a dough forms. Drain the cherries. Scatter the cherries and almonds on top of the dough and fold in until evenly distributed.

 

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide in half. Shape each portion into a
flattish log about 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide, 8 inches (20 cm) long, and 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Arrange the 2 dough logs on 1 of the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) of space around them on all sides.

 

Bake until firm to the touch, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on the pan on a wire rack until cool enough to handle, then transfer to a large cutting board. Using a large serrated knife, using a gentle sawing motion, cut the logs crosswise on a slight diagonal into slices about 1/2 inch (12 mm) wide.

 

Divide the biscotti between the 2 baking sheets, arranging them on a cut side. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Turn over the biscotti and continue to bake until dry to the touch, about 10 minutes longer. Let cool on the pans on wire racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.

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Recipe Roundup: Green Beans

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Green beans are one of the many great — and delicious — Thanksgiving traditions. While some swear by the classic comforting casserole, others prefer a fresher take, with unexpected flavors, colors and textures. Here are some of our favorite side dishes featuring green beans (hint: you don’t have to save them for the holiday feast)!

 

Green Beans with Brown Butter and RadishesGreen Beans with Brown Butter and Radishes
Brown butter adds a nutty taste to this vibrant green bean dish, while toasted hazelnuts lend a pleasing crunch. Red radishes, which are briefly cooked to mellow their peppery bite, contribute a splash of color.
Green Beans with Toasted Hazelnuts and Lemon ZestGreen Beans with Toasted Hazelnuts and Lemon Zest
Celebrate the harvest with brightly colored crisp-tender green beans. You can blanch and dress the beans in advance, then top with the hazelnuts and basil just before serving—handy when you’re hosting a special dinner.
The Ultimate Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried ShallotsThe Ultimate Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Fried Shallots
We gave the classic green bean casserole a makeover! Sautéed cremini mushrooms and blanched green beans are combined with a luscious sauce of chicken stock and cream. Then the dish is topped with homemade fried shallot rings and baked until bubbling.
Green Bean and Potato Salad with Herbs and AnchoviesGreen Bean and Potato Salad with Herbs and Anchovies
Here, tender potatoes and green beans are tossed in a pungent Italian-inspired dressing laced with anchovies, Dijon mustard and three different fresh herbs. This dish also makes a wonderful addition to a summer picnic.
Green Bean Bundles with Bacon and Brown SugarGreen Bean Bundles with Bacon and Brown Sugar
Wrapped with a strip of bacon, these green bean bundles add an elegant touch to the table. They’re easy to prepare (and a customer favorite)!
Haricots Verts with Toasted Almonds and Caramelized ShallotsHaricots Verts with Toasted Almonds and Caramelized Shallots
Caramelized shallots add deep flavor to this side dish; they’re cooked low and slow to coax out their natural sweetness. Chopped almonds add a crunchy texture to contrast the crisp-tender green beans.
Green Beans with Brown Butter, Wild Mushrooms and WalnutsGreen Beans with Brown Butter, Wild Mushrooms and Walnuts
This recipe gets a double dose of nuttiness from fragrant brown butter and hearty walnuts, while wild mushrooms lend their distinctive earthiness. It’s a unique way to showcase autumn ingredients — and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Green Beans with Sweet-and-Sour Bacon DressingGreen Beans with Sweet-and-Sour Bacon Dressing
Sweet, salty and sour flavors mingle irresistibly in this simple yet bold-flavored dish of green beans dressed in a bacon vinaigrette. The beans stand at room temperature in the tangy dressing before serving to soak up the flavors.
Green Bean CasseroleGreen Bean Casserole

Serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal, complete with iconic side dishes like green bean casserole, is easier than ever with our Green Bean Casserole Starter Kit. Dried porcini and champignon mushrooms in the kit elevate this classic holiday dish into something special.

 

Stir-Fried Green Beans with Tamari AlmondsStir-Fried Green Beans with Tamari Almonds
Tamari, which is similar to soy sauce, gives almonds and green beans savory flavor in this fresh-tasting dish. With additions of sesame oil and rice wine vinegar, it has an Asian profile that will add interest and variety to your feast.
Green Beans with Glazed Shallots and LemonGreen Beans with Glazed Shallots and Lemon
Glazed shallots and lemon elevate an everyday side dish into a festive presentation. It’s super simple to make, and the refreshingly light flavors will be welco