Flour-free Maple Walnut Biscotti for Passover


Best dessert with coffee: what else but biscotti? To maintain my “bottomless” biscotti jar, I bake a batch just about every week out of a jumble of memories from my grandmother’s kitchen and the closest ingredients on hand. Almonds are my usual choice for “mandelbrot,” but most any variety of nuts and dried fruit will do for biscotti. Best biscotti recipe I know comes out of the pages of Andrew Carmellini’s Urban Italian: Simple Recipes and True Stories from a Life in Food. This recipe is very forgiving with my frequent choices to change up its flavorings and modify its proportions. I’ve added maple and walnuts as substitutions for the recipe’s call for lemon zest and pistachio. I generally shun flour-less baking for Passover, opting for simple fruit desserts. But for sake discovery, I experimented with a flour-less and butter-less version of this recipe, making it “parve” and Kosher for Passover. Matzoh cake meal is the substitute for the flour; vegetable oil fills in as the shortening. Thanks to an inspiration from Marcy Goldman’s Best Baking, gingerale goes into the mix instead of baking power. This dough is heavier and denser, as expected, so I’ve topped the logs with a mix of chopped nuts, cinnamon and maple syrup. The result: pretty tasty. (Happy coffee-dunking over Passover.)

What you will need

4 eggs (reserve 1 for egg wash)

1/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

3/4 cup vegetable oil

2 1/2 cups matzoh meal cake flour

1/2 cup gingerale

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt


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