Bargains and Biscotti


It happened again. I found a few great bargains while thrift store shopping. I have been searching the two local thrift stores to find some kitchen decorations for the walls only to be blessed by other finds. Yesterday I stopped in one of the thrift stores with Caleb. First we checked out the goods “behind” the counter. You know these are the things that are new or in decent shape and have higher prices so they keep them locked behind the counter. I saw a glass covered frying pan and asked to see it. It’s a stainless steel Calphalon 10 inch omelette pan with a non-stick coating. It was brand new and only $8.99. At first I said nevermind but then went back over to the counter about 10 minutes later and asked for it back. I knew if I didn’t buy it I would kick myself later. Here is a picture of what I bought, this is for sale at Amazon for $79.99.

I am so glad I went back to the counter and bought this pan. Next up we found a pair of almost brand new leather Puma running shoes for Caleb. They retail about $100.00 and we bought them for $6.00. He is so psyched about these shoes. I can’t even find a picture of them but they have the Ferrari brand logo on them so that makes them a collectible or something like that. I also found a companion piece purple glass to add to my collection. That made me happy.

Now on to the biscotti. I subscribe to a number of blogs and recipe services so I always get new recipes each day. The other day I got this biscotti video link from Frugal Upstate. Now I need to say that I have tried a few biscotti recipes and they all were flops but not this one. I can’t believe how simple it is and how very, very tasty the biscotti are. I made a few minor changes by using Anise extract in place of the almond extract and I added in 3/4 cup sliced almonds. Otherwise I used this recipe from Frugal Upstate.

Almond Biscotti

2 1/2 C Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 C Sugar
1/2 C Butter
1 tsp Almond Extract

2 eggs

  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and whisk until combined
  • In a mixer, beat sugar, softened butter, eggs and almond extract until well blended.
  • Slowly add in flour mixture-the resulting batter will be very stiff.
  • Divide dough in half and shape into a 2 1/2″ x 9 1/2″, 1/2″ loaf.
  • Bake in 350 oven until brown-about 35 minutes.

  • Cool for 10 minutes on a rack.
  • Cut into 1/2″ thick slices with a serrated knife.
  • Arrange slices, cut side down, on a baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees, turn slices over and bake another 5 minutes.

Variations:

Use vanilla extract instead of almond.
Mix 1/2 C mini chocolate chips into the dough.
Drizzle completed biscotti with melted chocolate.

I made a second batch for the Just Love Cafe at our church this morning and they all sold. I heard a lot of people talking about how good the biscotti tasted.  I am thrilled to have found a true biscotti recipe that whips up easily and tastes good.

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5 thoughts on “Bargains and Biscotti

  1. Great article Michelle!

    It makes me want to find good buys. I wish things were like that here! Here it’s PAY PAY PAY. I remember when visiting the states that our favorite activity was garage sale shopping.

    Just wanted to let you know that one of my ALL TIME favorite life purchases is my Calphalon cookware. I bought it in US and took it back here with me. I cannot tell you how many HOURS I have saved cleaning. You literally can wipe them clean them with a paper towel if you wanted to.

    Well done and enjoy.

    Julie

    • I’m glad to know you love your pans. I guess there wouldn’t be thrift stores there since the Italians use and re-use everything! But didn’t I read that there are days when everyone just tosses all unwanted stuff into the street to be collected? Like maybe on new year’s eve or something?

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