My kitchen is so close to being finished - I can hardly contain my excitement. 😄 There are just a few little details to be finished up next week and then I can share the final reveal with all of you. As of today, I would say the kitchen is about 96.43% finished. 🤣The cabinets are loaded, the pantry is stocked and I'm back to cooking meals for my family and taking orders from all of you. 👩🏻🍳
Even though we're still a few days away from a fully finished kitchen - I'm totally enjoying this new space that I've been planning for the last 10 months. The new cabinets with soft close doors and full extension drawers are amazing. The updated lighting makes the space 100 times brighter and way more inviting. And then of course, there's this amazing, one of a kind - fit for a queen - kitchen island.
There are a LOT of elements of my new kitchen that have made cooking and baking easier but this platform drawer is by far my favorite. I'm super thankful to the people who listened to my plea and committed to making this drawer step a reality - despite the naysayers and obstacles along the way.
The minute that I had access to my (nearly complete) kitchen - I started baking. Pumpkin Butterscotch Bundtinis, Carmel Pecan Tarts, Sugar Cookies, Gingersnaps, Apple Pies and of course biscotti. It's never too early to stock up on Christmas biscotti and I think these Dark Chocolate Orange Biscotti are perfect for Thanksgiving AND Christmas.
Dark Chocolate Orange Biscotti
2 and 1/3 cups flour
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
zest from 1 orange
1/4 cup butter, cold and cubed
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon water
8 ounces dark chocolate, melted
Bake 25 minutes at 350. Cool 10 minutes.
Bake 8 more minutes on each side.
Dip one side of cooled biscotti in melted chocolate.
Biscotti is one of my favorite - make ahead - treats. I keep it a supply in my freezer but I also like to keep a supply in my parents freezer too because I know that they enjoy it as much as I do. I baked this batch of biscotti at their house and put away with the intention of saving it for Christmas. We'll see if it lasts that long. 😅
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