I've never understood why biscotti is so expensive when it's so easy to make.  Maybe because it's trendy.  Just as well, though, because the homemade version is better than anything I can buy.

Biscotti all'Anise

 Makes 48 Cookies

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 t anise extract
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C cornstarch
  • 1/2 t baking powder


    Combine the eggs, extract, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer and whip with a hand mixer set at high speed or in a heavy duty mixer fitted with the whip. Continue whipping until the mixture is very light and increased in volume, 6-7 minutes.

    While the egg mixture is whipping, combine the flour, cornstarch and baking powder and stir to mix.

    Remove the whipped eggs from the mixer and sift over the flour mixture in three additions, folding it in after each addition with a rubber spatula. The batter will lose most of its air and become rather stiff.

    Pipe the batter, using a pastry bag with a 3/4-inch opening, but no tube, onto a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper or buttered wax paper. Pipe two logs about 1-1/2 inches wide and the length of the pan. Bake the logs about 20 minutes, until they are well risen and golden.

    Remove from  oven and place logs on a cutting board to cool about 10 minutes. Using a sharp, serrated knife, slice the logs diagonally at 1/2-inch intervals. Place the biscotti cut side down on the pan and return them to the oven for about 10-15 minutes, until they color lightly on the cut surfaces.

    Cool the biscotti on the pans and store them in a tin between layers of wax paper.