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Almond-Orange Biscotti

2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/4 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. baking powder
Pinch of salt
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 tsp. almond extract
Finely grated zest of 1 orange
1/2 c. coarsely chopped almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a baking sheet. Shake off excess.

In a large bowl, sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together. Make a well in center of the mixture. To the well, add remaining ingredients. With your hands, work dry mixture with liquids until a dough has been formed. Divide the dough in half.

On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into 2 flat bottomed cylinders, 1 inch high, 2 1/2 inches wide, and 8 inches long. Remove each to the baking sheet. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until lightly colored on top. Remove from oven and cool slightly.

Holding a long sharp knife by the handle and tip, cut cylinders diagonally into 3/4 inch slices. Carefully place slices back on baking sheet; cut sides down. Return them to the oven for 15 minutes more and bake until sides are golden and biscotti have dried a bit.

Remove from oven and cook on wire racks. The biscotti should be somewhat hard and crunchy. Makes 20 to 24 biscotti.

~ Val