Who said redesigning my kitchen would be all fun and games? 😂We've only just begun the process and --- trust me, it's been a wild ride. Remember 2 days ago when I professed my love for a certain slab of granite that I was just SURE was destined to become countertops in my new kitchen? 24 hours after finalizing our decision - my countertop dreams were shattered. 😭 Why did I have to fall in love with the most expensive piece of granite in the entire warehouse!?! We were willing to stretch the budget a little for the right granite but this particular slab was not just a little but waaaaaay out of our budget. 💸
So, the great granite search continues. As of today, I've visited no less than 9 stone warehouses and I've seen hundreds of potential countertop slabs. I still think that there's a specific gene that one uses to look at a rock and visualize it as a surface in their home. A gene that I'm convinced, I don't have. 🤷🏻♀️Ironically, I can look at a potato and see ALL kinds of delicious possibilities. 🥔 I can look at a piece of fabric and see a dress. 👗I look at a rock and I see a rock. 😅 Apparently, that lacking gene is specific to rocks. 💁🏻♀️
It's a good thing that there are granite experts, who possess the gene, who can help me in my search for granite countertops. People who can point out the fine details in each stone. Things like marbling, veining and luster. When viewed through the eyes of an expert, it's easier to see the unique qualities of each stone. It's hard to deny the presence of God when you really stop to look at the undeniable beauty of these rocks that are being excavated from within our planet. 🌎
I think I've been granite shopping too long because I'm starting to see granite qualities in my baking now. 😅 The contrasting light and dark colors, the uniqueness of each piece and the beautiful design on top. Too much? 😂😂 Clearly, I need to take a step back from the great granite search for a little while. Maybe I'll just take a break and focus my attention on baking - something that doesn't involve making monumental decisions. 💁🏻♀️
Black and White Biscotti
12 tablespoons butter room temperature
1 ⅓ cups of granulated sugar
½ teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
4 large eggs room temperature
4 cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1 cup mini chocolate chips
½ cup melted dark chocolate
2 Tablespoons melted white chocolate
Line up biscotti on baking sheet and bake 30-40 minutes.
Pipe a line of dark chocolate down the center of each biscotti. Use a small knife to spread to the edges. Pipe 5 white dots down the center of each chocolate covered biscotti. Draw a toothpick through the dots to create a heart pattern.
This biscotti was amazing. If you're looking for a perfect recipe that appeals to both chocolate AND vanilla biscotti lovers, this is IT! If only choosing countertop granite was as easy as choosing a biscotti recipe. 😂 (I can't help it. 😅)
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