Ginger Chocolate Biscotti


2 1/2 cup Flour; unbleached, all purp
1 cup Sugar
1 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Cloves, ground
2 tb Cocoa; unsweetened, pref.
2 tb Ginger, fresh;peeled, grated
1/2 tsp Almond extract
3 Eggs, large
1 1/4 cup Almonds, whole;blanched; toasted lightly; chopped coarse


In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, blend the flour, the sugar, the baking soda, the salt, the cinnamon, the cloves and the cocoa powder until the mixture is combined well. In a small bowl, whisk together the gingerroot, the almond extract and the eggs, add the mixture to the flour mixture, beating until a dough is formed, and stir in the almonds. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead it several times and divide it into thirds. Working on a large buttered and floured baking sheet, with floured hands, form each piece of dough into a flattish log 10 inches long by 2 1/2 inches wide and arrange the logs at least 3 inches apart on the sheet. Bake the logs in the middle of a preheated 350F oven for 25 minutes and let them cool on the baking sheet on the rack for 10 minutes. On a cutting board cut the logs crosswise on the diagonal into 3/4 inch slices, arrange the biscotti, cut sides down, on the baking sheet, and bake them in the 350F oven for 5 minutes on each side. Transfer the biscotti to racks to cool and store them in airtight containers.

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