The week ended with one of the most enormous storms I have ever experienced. It kicked off in the middle of the night and seemed to go on and on. I literally thought my caravan would take off into the sky but thankfully it remained intact and so did I! Then followed a day of intense rain, which funnily enough, was quite enjoyable as I set about doing some baking in preparation for the next group, who will be my last! I made some delicious crunchy biscotti for their arrival - made with olive oil, honey and spelt flour. This recipe was adapted from Meredith McCarty's Sweet and Natural book. I added in some sesame seeds and a little dark chocolate for something a bit different and what a great combination it was! These little biscuits make the perfect morning snack and are a great accompaniment to orzo. For all you coffee addicts out there who have tried time and again to cut the caffeine but failed miserably, orzo is your answer! It's made from roasted barley grain and looks very like coffee. You even make it in the percolator, which gives it the same depth and intensity as coffee but its effects on the body are more mellow because its caffeine free. In the UK we have something called yannoh, which is similar to the Italian made orzo. Yannoh and orzo come highly recommended on my list of things to try!
3 cups spelt flour
1 tblsp baking powder (aluminium free!)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup olive oil
2/3 cup honey
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds
Some chopped up dark chocolate
Pre-heat oven to 180c.
Mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients and add to dry.
Gather the mixture together and form into 2 logs as shown below,
Transfer to a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for about 20 mins - until golden.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely - around 20 mins.
Once cool, cut into slices on the diagonal. Some will crack but use a very sharp knife to prevent this happening.
Once cut, place the pieces back on the baking tray and bake for a further 15 mins.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.