Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sea Salt Caramel Biscotti

 Join the salty caramel craze with this delectable biscotti
Has anyone noticed the salty caramel craze? Everywhere you go, you see it! Salted caramel cookies, pudding, fudge, cupcakes, and my indoctrination into the craze…sea salt caramel gelato! Talenti Gelato, to be exact. If you see it, you have to try it. It’s nirvana! In full disclosure, I’m not getting free Talenti from this post. It’s just the best thing I’ve ever eaten. That’s when my obsession with salted caramel anything started!

Sea Salt Caramel Biscotti
A few years ago we were in Florida, and my cousins were visiting. After having a wonderful dinner, we decided to take a walk, and get some gelato. There is the cutest little gelato shop in the town where we stay! But at five dollars for one small scoop, it’s a bit extravagant!  So, one does what one needs to do, to enjoy those important little things in life! Buy it! 
The next day, while we were in the grocery store, we noticed that you could buy two containers of Talenti Gelato for 5 bucks ON SALE!  Each of us picked a flavor, and brought this wonderful stuff home. My husband and cousins picked flavors like chocolate, pistachio, and butter pecan. I chose Sea Salt Caramel! It intrigued me! I love salty sweet! They all laughed at me, and said it sounded terrible! I didn’t waver…Sea Salt Caramel was what I wanted. When we arrived home, we decided to sample each other’s flavors, and they reluctantly tried mine. That’s when the strangest thing happened…they really loved my Sea Salt Caramel! Mine was gone by the end of the evening, and their containers stayed in the freezer. Fast-forward two years, and you can find salted caramel anything, anywhere! 

Recently, while I was browsing Pinterest, I saw salted caramel biscotti. That’s when it happened! Total inspiration!  I decided to take my favorite biscotti recipe, make some changes to it, and experiment, ending in wonderful sea salt caramel biscotti!  The results were absolutely fabulous!

Caramel bits from Nuts.com  I love this place!
My obsession turned into a delicious treat
Lovely with your coffee
They may become an obsession!



Sea Salt Caramel Biscotti
recipe by Bakeawaywithme

3½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼  teaspoon salt
1½ sticks softened, unsalted butter 
1 cup sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1½ cups caramel bits, mine are from Nut.com. (if you can’t find them you could cut up regular Kraft caramels)
½-¾ cup chopped toasted walnuts
1 egg white, slightly beaten ( for egg wash)
12 oz. bag of chocolate chips
coarse sea salt for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line two large baking sheets with parchment or Silpat.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to blend.
  3. In bowl of mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, and  extract. Beat just until smooth and well blended. Add flour mixture, and beat at lowest speed (or stir by hand) just until dry ingredients are moistened and incorporated. Add caramel bits, and chopped walnuts and mix until they are distributed throughout the dough. 
  4. If the dough is too moist you could add a bit more flour a tablespoon at a time to make it easier to handle. On a lightly floured surface, divide dough into quarters. Then form each quarter into a flattened log about 14 inches long and 2 inches wide, and 1 inch thick. Put two on each baking sheet. Brush with beaten egg white.
  5. Bake logs until lightly browned, about 25 minutes. If baking both trays at once, rotate your pans between oven shelves halfway through baking. Logs should be somewhat firm at the sides and center. Cool logs for 30 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board. Cut each log on a slight angle into 3/4 inch pieces. Keep pieces together as logs are sliced, then slide pieces together to reform logs. Transfer logs to baking sheets, and then separate slices, leaving about 1/2 inch space between each slice.
  6. Bake biscotti again until golden brown, about 16 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.   
  7. Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, and melt...starting with 1 minute at 50% power, stir and return to the microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power intervals until melted.
  8. Dip the cooled biscotti into the chocolate and set on a parchment lined pan to set. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt while still wet. Then place the pan in the fridge to harden.
  9. Transfer to airtight container. Makes about 6 dozen.

14 comments:

  1. Ok, now you've gone over-the-top with your biscotti. In fact, after reading your Post and before commenting, I went to the freezer and pulled out the remaining little bit of Talenti's Tahitian Vanilla Bean and then poured Smucker's salted carmel over it. I am eating it as I type and getting the computer keys sticky. I have actually had their sea salt caramel gelato but it's gone. Besides being great gelato, don't you love the containers for storing food? A friend and I just had lunch yesterday to talk about food gifts for Christmas - we're collaborating. Thought that would be fun. I think these biscotti would be perfect. I've ordered from Nut.com once before. I don't especially want to unwrap caramels! Terrific recipe, Kathy.

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  2. I seriously want to try those caramel bits. These biscotti look awesome, Kathy.

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  3. I think these might be my favorite from all your pretty biscotti recipes. Then again, I love salted caramel anything, especially that very gelato. I have a friend who worked in the purchasing department of one of our local supermarket chains and after trying my first pint, I had to thank him.

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  4. Hi Kathy, wow, your biscotti looks so beautiful and yummy. This is indeed great to go with a cup of hot coffee. I love it. Thanks for sharing and warmest regards :)

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  5. Dear Kathy, I like sweet and salty too. I even like a bit of salt on my fruit. Everyone cringes when I say that, but I like it.
    These biscotti look like perfection and perfect with a good cup of coffee. These could easily become an obsession. Blessings dear. Catherine

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    1. I love to use a little salt on my fruit too! Especially watermelon!

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  6. I know what a biscotti pro you are, so these must be amazing! I will try baking up my own batch in December!!!

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  7. I love sea salt caramel gelato! Ad your biscotti look amazing, too,, as I said on FB! I could use one now...

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  8. WOW that caramel biscotti! Never thought of even trying that before but bookmarked this post now :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. Sounds like you got the better end of that Gelato deal, Kathy, lol...You always make the best Biscotti. You have mastered it and now you have even added more of your own twist:) I've seen a lot of salty/sweet combinations that I would definitely avoid but, these Biscotti are definitely worthy of a cup of tea and good friends.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Kathy...

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  10. Hi Mary, we love that gelato, perfect biscotti recipe for this

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  11. So glad I caught up with your posts...these biscotti with the sea salt caramel is 'out of this world' delicious, Kathy! Google +-it and pinned it! Gorgeous!

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  12. I'm all about the salted caramel these days! I love that gelato & your biscotti is a great riff on it.
    Just lovely.

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  13. Lovely biscotti! it has been a while since I last had any biscotti, and this is just calling me to make some soon!

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