Italians love their red wine and it is a common ingredient in many sweet and savory recipes that includes many desserts, torte and biscotti.
This wine cookie (biscotti) recipe is a simple mix of sweet and savory flavors, a classic from Italy. I stumbled upon this recipe in an old collection; one that I have modified to suit my palette.
These were not a part of my family’s history, but they have quickly become a requested favorite, especially by Mammina Loreta and Papa Pierino during one of their weekend visits.
These sweet and savory biscotti are traditionally enjoyed in Italy with a glass of good quality red wine, assorted hard cheeses, shelled nuts and fresh seasonal fruit after a meal.
The best way to eat them is to dip them right in your wine glass and enjoy!
biscotti di vino (rosso)
1 cup full-bodied red wine
1 cup vegetable oil or olive oil
4 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl; blend together.
Create a center well in the flour mixture and pour in the red wine and oil. Using a fork or mixing spoon, slowly start to blend the dry and wet ingredients until all are combined and the mixture begins to come together as a dough.
Set oven to 350 degrees. Once all the biscotti are formed and ready; place them evenly spaced (about three rows) on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes at this temperature and then reduce the oven to 300 degrees and bake for about 15 to 20 more minutes until they are light golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool.
Store the wine biscotti in a sealed container; they keep very well in a cool, dry place or you can freeze them and thaw for later use.
Optional: You can opt to add anise seeds to the dough which adds a rich, savory note to these biscotti or, if you would like to sweeten them a bit more; sprinkle some crystal sugar on the formed rings prior to baking to give them that extra sweet crunch.
These wine cookies (biscotti) make a wonderful hostess gift for a dinner party, or a red wine tasting event.
Serve along with a selection of good quality red wines (consult with your local wine shop) for a perfectly balanced savory treat.
Note: Photography provided by Annette L. Venditti
Author’s Note: This is a “Community Pick” recipe chosen by the FOOD52 community. Grazie tante!