EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 30, 2013

A cookie for one on the run or bike

Decorating biscotti with trail mix adds power


The Eagle-Tribune

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Rosanne LeBlanc has been baking Italian biscotti for years, and she has been decorating them for just as long. What started as an enticing way to attract customers to her son’s tradeshow booth has taken off and turned into a booming business almost overnight. She invites you into her kitchen to teach you a unique biscotti decorating technique. Out with the old and in with the new, as this classic cookie gets an overhaul.

Rosanne explains that biscotti were designed in both shape and texture to survive in a pocket, mainly for Italian fishermen. The word “biscotti” means “twice-baked.” Biscotti are first baked in hand-formed loaves, then sliced and toasted. Returning the slices to the oven draws off moisture and results in a crisp, dry cookie that allows it to be stored for an extremely long time without going bad. One distinctive aspect of Rosanne’s biscotti is that they are softer than typical biscotti, which makes them even more delicious than your traditional variety.

Another unique aspect to Rosanne’s treats is that they are decorated.

Whether you make your own biscotti or purchase store bought, you can decorate them in a unique and healthy way. Trail mix is a great way to decorate. Trail mix, a blend of nuts, grains, dried fruit and chocolate, developed as a high-protein, snack food to be taken along on hikes or other sporting activities. This specific Trail Mix Biscotti will keep both kids and adults energized as their summer activities pick up. You can make your own trail mix quite easily.

“Why not put in something homemade? I know what goes into it,” Rosanne explains, as she stays away from prepackaged granola and fitness bars. A healthy topping of nuts, dried fruits, seeds and white chocolate gives you all the energy and sugar needed to stay active.

Trail Mix Biscotti

5 to 10 biscotti

1/4 cup dried fruit

1/4 cup nuts

1/4 cup seeds

1/4 cup chocolate

1. Use either store-bought or self-made baked biscotti.

2. Combine the dried fruit, nuts and seeds in a small bowl creating your own unique trail mix. Select the composition according to taste and availability.

3. Melt the chocolate in a microwave-approved container, for 12 seconds at a time, or until soft.

4. Spread the chocolate on the flat side of the biscotti. You do not need to be fussy, as a bit of a mess gives them that “home-made” feel.

5. While the chocolate is still melted on the biscotti, sprinkle the trail mix on the chocolate-covered biscotti until desired amount adheres.

6. Drizzle more melted chocolate on top. This will give a nice garnish and secure the trail mix.

Note: Remember to work quickly with chocolate, because it will solidify. If that happens, re-melt in the microwave.

7. Serve and enjoy with a cup of coffee, a glass of milk, or as a snack. Or pack for that run or bike ride.

Recipe courtesy of Rosanne LeBlanc, rosannesbiscotti.com, 2013.