Saturday, 28 September 2013

SUN DRIED TOMATO & ROSEMARY CHEESE BISCOTTI


These biscotti are not the result of any brain storming or pre-planning; they are the outcome of refrigerator rummaging and cleaning which we all do from time to time. There is no denying here that I had long time back seen a cheese biscotti and the memory of it was lingering and holding itself in some corner of my mind beckoning me to try it for myself.

So out came the left over sun dried tomatoes that I had used for making this pesto, a few sprigs of rosemary that I had used to make grilled lamb and some left over cottage cheese that I had used for making an Indian dessert. Perfect! I thought. I could use all three to good use...together. The cheese biscotti emerged from the memory and the idea of savory biscotti began to take shape. I love my desserts and other sweet things but I am more of a savory loving person.

So the trial began. I had made chocolate and roasted almonds biscotti last year to give it away as gifts for Diwali to friends along with other homemade goodies. Savory biscuits, savory shortbread/cookies and even a few Indian savory cakes are something I love to the core. I can hog on them! However, the store brought ones are loaded with salt which is the reason I don’t really hog on them J

For those not familiar with biscotti, these are biscuits/cookies (suit yourself) that are twice baked. This makes them dry and crunchy hence they can be stored for longer period and this makes them ideal for journey. The traditional recipes did not use any sort of raising agent or fat such as butter, milk, oil, butter milk etc giving the biscotti an even drier and harder texture.


They are great accompaniments for tea, coffee, soups and even wine! Dunk them in if you wish to. Biscotti will remind you of the rusk that is quite similar and very popular in India. Those ones have fennel and cardamom seeds. I remember dunking them in the milk and enjoying them as a kid; I still love doing that actually.

A friend recently couriered to me a bottle of green and pink pepper corns that she procured from a friend who is in US and I thought of using them instead of the black pepper. Thanks a ton Priya and thanks Mrs Ashokan for your warm gesture. It is really appreciated J

Here is what I used,

2½ cups APF
1tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes 
1½ tsp chopped rosemary
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cracked pink pepper (feel free to use black pepper instead)
¼ - ½ tsp garlic powder (optional)
¾ cup paneer, crumbled (cottage cheese)
50 gm butter 
2 eggs (regular size)
1/3 cup milk (i used buttermilk)
¾ cup walnuts (roughly chopped)



Preheat the oven at 180 degrees C. 

Whisk together the APF, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pink pepper, garlic powder. Add in the crumbled paneer and butter (i used refrigerated butter and shredded it). 

Mix everything together very lightly with hands. Mix in the nuts, tomatoes and rosemary. 

In a separate bowl, lightly whisk eggs and butter milk. Add this to the dry mix. Make a dough till everything comes together (Don't knead). 

Divide the dough in two halves and shape it into a log sized approx 11 X 3.5 inches and a little over half an inch thick. (the size totally depends on how much wide and thick you want the biscottis) 

Arrange the logs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and let the logs rest for 15-20 minutes. Transfer the log on a cutting board. 

Using a serrated knife, slice diagonally the logs in 1 cm thickness. Arrange all the pieces back on the baking sheet and bake for 10-20 minutes. (It is usually adviced to reduce the oven temperature for baking the biscottis but mine were not getting crisp so I kept the temp at 180)

Ensure that half way through you check the biscottis for done-ness and turn them over so both sides are golden and crisp. Cool and store in an air tight container. 

Chuck those bread sticks for a while and enjoy your favorite soup with this biscotti or enjoy it with your cuppa tea/coffee!


Makes 2 dozen

Thanks for visiting and see you soon! 

53 comments:

  1. Whatever you had in the fridge was made to good use. Its so lovable and I have a thing about the scent of rosemary. Surprisingly in our hot climate, I manage to grow rosemary in my garden and that will come in handy for this biscotti.

    The biscotti is crunchy crust and oh yes, what about with coffee or tea.

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    1. You sure have a green thumb Nav.
      Certainly, go ahead and enjoy with coffee or tea.

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  2. I've never baked my cookies twice, despite the word biscotto in Italian just means "cooked twice"! Love these savory cookies, they go right in to my weekend meal plan.

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    1. I too started cooking these just a year ago and I love these home made treats.

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  3. Biscotti looks awesome Taruna and I love the fact that it is savory.

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  4. Love this flavour combo. Both sundried tomatoes and rosemary are my favourites.

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  5. Trying to get rid of bits and pieces many times lead to interesting recipes, and this one is no exception. A really fabulous savory biscotti! And I have a bit of sun dried tomato left!

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    1. It is hard to use those little bits and pieces and the idea of making these biscottis certainly helped me put them to good use :-)

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  6. I'm not that crazy about biscotti but I'm loving this savory version. Maybe this will convert me to a biscotti lover :)

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  7. Looks creative and so delicious. Love your photos and those little asian little jars you've got there.

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  8. I love my desserts too but I also love savoury treats such as these. They are gorgeous and perfect for dipping, salsa, guacamole, hummus....endless choices! Love the possibilities.

    Nazneen

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    1. Never thought of using them along with dip! Great idea and thanks for sharing :-)

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  9. I have never baked savory biscotti, can't wait to try these out. Rosemary is such a strong and fantastic herb, a great use.

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    1. Rosemary was really amazing in these biscottis.

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  10. You know, I have yet to clean up my fridge and when i do, I bet you I will find plenty of ingredients and I m not surprised if they are close to expiry. Your biscotti looks so crispy and great with a cup of coffee. One of my fav cookie.

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    1. Ha ha...it does happen to all of us..doesn't it!?
      I am so glad you liked these. I hope you will enjoy them :-)

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  12. It's so true that the best creations are the results of refrigerator rummaging and these biscottis are a prime example! I've never had a savory biscotti before and I think it's high time to try them. What a clever idea to use the peppercorns. Definitely putting these on my must make list! Thanks for such a fabulous recipe!

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    1. You bet! I would have never thought of making a savory version had it not been for the fridge cleaning ;-)
      Thanks so much for your encouraging words :-)

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  13. The biscotti looks very tasty and crunchy.

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  14. I always enjoy finding things I've forgotten about in the refrigerator! Some of my best dishes were created by trying to figure out what to do with these finds. This look terrific - really good stuff. Thanks.

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  15. There's paneer in this savory biscotti?!? YUM! :D

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  16. Wonderful! Many a time we create something new from leftovers. Never tried biscotti before. Very innovative.

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    1. Thanks Shobha and I hope yo try these :-)

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  17. These are truly gorgeous!! I love anything savory and I adore these savory biscotti! Here's a successful fridge raid! :)

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  18. Una gran delicia de relamarse los labios con el biscotti rico y original,abrazos.

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  19. Yum! Savory biscotti! Love the rosemary.

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  20. Savoury biscottis looks fantastuc and love rosemary in anything..

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  21. The times that I've had biscotti have been few and far between and they have been sweet. Thanks for opening my eyes to something new (to me) and different.

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    1. Thanks Sandra for visiting my blog and I am glad you liked these :-)

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  22. That is looking so crunchy and fantastic..

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  23. I love when kitchen-rummaging results in a great recipe, just like this one did. These look fantastic!

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  24. Oh I do this very often! Some of my best creations are the result of digging haha! These biscotti look fantastic!

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  25. Your savory biscotti sound phenomenal! What wonderful flavors...perfect for an appetizer or with a cup of soup :)

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  26. I cannot remember ever seeing a savory biscotti but I just love the idea. Your looks amazing with beautiful flavors.

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  27. I love your savory version of biscotti and these would be wonderful with soup or stew. I adore sun dried tomatoes and can't wait to try these.

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  28. wow....these paneer and pink pepper biscottis look divine...will go really well with some soup...thanks for the inspiration :-)

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  29. My fridge rummaging results in a soup... and your fridge rummaging results in biscotti?! WOW! I LOVE the way you think!! :) These are gorgeous!

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  30. Your biscotti sounds wonderful. I can see serving them to friends with a cheese platter and a glass of wine before dinner.

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  31. Those look amazing! Your photos are awesome!!

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  32. This savory Biscotti is packed with my favorite flavors!!! I am definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing!!!

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  33. Never made twice baked cookies before, this technique is kinda new and challanging for me...
    thx for sharin this!

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