Archive for April, 2014

Cappuccino Biscotti w/ Hazelnuts & Chocolate Chips Recipe

April 29th, 2014 by hafford

Biscotti are easy to make and delicious with a cup of tea, coffee or milk any time of the day.   Our cookie jar in the coffee lounge is always filled with cookies or biscotti and this recipe gets a lot of requests.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup (100 grams) peeled hazelnuts
  • 2 cups (260 grams) all-purposeflour
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 cup espresso or strong coffee, cooled
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

cappucino-and-hazelnut-biscottiPreheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in center of oven. Place hazelnuts on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes. 

In a small bowl whisk together the espresso or coffee, milk, egg and vanilla extract.  

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer) beat the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices until combined. Gradually add the espresso mixture and beat until a dough forms, adding the chopped nuts and chocolate chips about halfway through. With floured hands divide the dough in half. On a lightly floured surface roll each half of dough into a log about 12 inches long and 1.5″ inches wide. Transfer the logs to a parchment paper lined baking sheet, spacing about 3 inches apart. Bake for about 35 minutes or until firm to the touch (logs will spread during baking). Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F.  On a cutting board cut the logs crosswise on the diagonal into 1/2 inch  slices. Arrange the slices on the baking sheet, and bake for 5 minutes or until they are pale golden.    I personally like my biscotti a little softer than is the tradion.  If you like yours real crunchy you can cook the sliced biscotti on each side for 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. 

Optional:  Die hard chocolate lovers can melt good bitter sweet chocolate over the logs as they are cooling and before slicing.

Makes about 36 biscotti.

 

Julie Andrews Comes to Madison, Connecticut

April 24th, 2014 by hafford

Julie AndrewsCalling all fans of The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins!  Here’s an event you won’t want to miss!   Join Connecticut’s very own Ann Nyberg in a conversation with Julie Andrews on Wednesday April 30th @ 7pm at RJ Julia Booksellers .    Click here to read details about this very special event.

Call us today to book your room and reserve a seat to see Julie Andrews & her daughter Emma Walton in Madison.

We have an outstanding package for just $130 for the evening of April 30th and  here’s what you’ll get:

 

  • Over night accommodations at the Scranton Seahorse Inn.  All of our guest rooms have a queen bed and private bath
  • 1 ticket to the event at RJ Julia  - a 1 minutes walk from our front door (additional ticket can be purchased for $20)
  • a pre-signed copy of The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl!, signed by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
  • a full breakfast in the morning
  • great memories!

Call the Scranton Seahorse Inn today at 203.245.0550

See you at the inn!

 

 

 

 

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