Lemon Curd Poppy Seed Biscotti

Last week I was eyeing a jar of lemon curd from Trader Joes I was given over the holidays. Imported from England and authentic – how fancy!  I wanted to create a recipe after realizing that the jar’s main ingredients were found your standard basic biscotti recipe already. I made two different versions.

Round 1: Lemon Curd Poppy Seed Biscotti with Walnuts

Ingredients:

1 cup of sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 tbs. poppy seeds

3 tbs. lemon curd

¾ cup ground walnuts

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ Kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat eggs and sugar. Add vanilla, seeds, curd and ground walnuts. Add flour, baking powder and salt.  Bake for 12-15 minutes. Flip logs and bake for another 12-15 minutes.

Take logs out and push the oven temp down to 325 degrees F. Let the logs cool for 10 minutes and then using a serrated knife cut on a diagonal into ½ inch slices.  Place the slices cut side down back on your baking pans and place back in the oven to cook for a further 10- 20 minutes or until they are lightly browned.

Recipe was adapted from here.

NOTES:

Dough worked but was slightly dry. If it’s too hard for you work with, add another egg or spray your hands with PAM when forming the log. Or maybe all of this would be solved from my results below.

RESULTS:

Flipping the entire log ½ through baking was a decision I made through pure curiosity. It gave all sides an even crunch.  (Like a crunch you would get from a perfectly grilled sandwich.) Between the two versions I made, this recipe was favorite.  My co-worker Sara said she would add a tablespoon of lemon peel. She also said she would have drizzled some type of icing on top. I may try that next time, but one thing is for sure… the double-baked log is here to stay.

Round 2: Lemon Curd Poppy Seed Biscotti

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

4 eggs

1/3 cup lemon curd

2 tsp vanilla

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups of whole wheat flour

2 tbsp poppy seeds

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat the butter on high for half a minute and add the sugar.  Mix to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl.  Add the eggs and curd.  Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds. Mix until dough forms.

Make four 7 x 2 inch logs and place on a pans lined with parchment. Bake for 22-25 minutes.

Let the logs cool for 10 minutes and then using a serrated knife cut on a diagonal into ½ inch slices.  Place the slices cut side down back on your baking pans and place back in the oven to cook for a further 10 minutes or until they are lightly browned.

Recipe was adapted from here. This recipe is doubled from the original recipe.

NOTES:

I loved working with this dough. It held up great in all the steps.

RESULTS:

These went over well with the co-workers. My DH also said these were his favorite. Next time I’ll add: 1 more tablespoon of the seeds and grate 1-2 lemons.  The lemon curd smell was really strong when I put it in the dough, but I think the citrus kick was slightly lost when baking.

On to the next kitchen adventure…

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Your grocer wants to sex you up.

I read this blip today:

Grocery stores get sexier: The ’90s were all about grocers becoming either massive superstores — offering onsite banking, dry cleaning and enough varieties of bread, ice cream and frozen dinners to induce culinary stupor — or sparse warehouses.

Today, the trend is toward glamming up the grocery experience. You’ll see lots of attractive displays of prepared foods, as well as a deconstruction of the traditional aisle layout in favor of a more open market floor plan.

Westborn. Papa Joes. Nino’s and Holiday: Sexy.
Trader Joes: Organically sexy in a Hawaiian shirt kind of way.
Costco/ Sams Club: Only if you like sexy by the case.
Kroger: Semi-attractive… depends on what store you go to.
Meijer: Eh. Even a Starbucks in every store can’t make the “Walmart” of grocery stores sexy. Stick to what you know. Please realize I love you for your low prices. And I’m okay with the fact you don’t glam-ize your food. I don’t beautify myself up when I visit you at 10:30 on Sunday night in my sweats…see you tomorrow night sweetheart.

Link: http://freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080102/FEATURES02/801020331/1027