Chocolate and hazelnut biscotti

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The Chocolate Show started in Kensington Olympia on 17th October and runs until 19th October. There was a spectacular range of chocolates from all corners of the globe. Urvashi shares some of her favourites and a delicious recipe for chocolate and hazelnut biscotti.

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Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and mark two 10cm lines evenly apart. Remove any rings on your hands because this is gonna get sticky!
Chop the nuts roughly in half. Not too small or you won’t get the nice bites through the biscotti. Whisk the egg and caster sugar in a large bowl until the texture is light and fluffy
Stir in the plain flour and cocoa powder and then add the chopped nuts and chocolate chips. You should have a sticky dough. Flour your hands and then split the dough into two portions in the bowl
Take one portion and shape it into a log approx 10cm long using the lines on your baking paper to help. It does not look pretty I know but it will taste good
Place the log onto the greaseproof paper. Repeat with the other portion of dough
Bake the logs for approx 20-30 minutes. There should be a nice crust on the top
Take the baking tray out of the oven and let the logs cool completely. Once they are cool, using a sharp serrated knife, cut slices approximately 1 cm wide and then place the pieces back on the baking tray
Bake again for 5 minutes on each side to dry them out

Urvashi finds food, baking, cooking and eating a therapeutic relief from every day work and family life.

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