Meyer lemon risotto with green asparagus

Meyer lemon risotto with green asparagus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even before our container arrived at our new Sunnyvale house, I had bought an orange & a lemon tree for the terrace. Without even knowing that this was a special lemon variety I had chosen a Meyer lemon tree and went on experimenting. Easy in a place like California where ingredient choice is limitless and all my favourite things like artichokes, green asparagus & (the outside of Europe extremely rare) white asparagus, tiny potatoes, mesclun & the latest fashionable greens are at your fingertips. And so this risotto came about and it is still one of our most loved recipes & the top-of-the-heap of the lemon trials. Green asparagus is incorporated in the Meyer lemony (zest & juice) risotto and the tasty tips that would fall to pieces if they were in it are seared in a pan to add another texture and flavour to the dish. Upgrade the creamy-ness with grated Parmigiano (no need to add a ton of butter) and you have a wonderful (vegetarian) supper. Add extra shavings of cheese or a few slices of Parma ham for an impressive dinner version.

I might have lamented already the comparative cheapness of green asparagus in the States when faced with the gingerly harvested & accordingly priced bunches of the first local green asparagus but this risotto is sooo worth it.

 

What do I do if I don’t have a Meyer lemon? If you can’t get Meyer lemons where you live (not that easy outside the U.S. and even the trees are hard to find in Europe), just mix the juices and the zest (separately) of both an organic lemon & organic mandarin/tangerine/clementine to get to an approximation of the warm lemony taste without the extreme sourness as I have done here, too.

Deutsches Rezept unten.

 


 

Meyer lemon risotto with green asparagus risotto
for 2

1.5l good stock (chicken or vegetable), you may not need all of it
1lb or 500g green asparagus
olive oil
1 knob of butter
1 shallot, minced
1 small glass of white wine (about 100-150ml, preferably a crisp & slightly acidic Riesling)
170g risotto rice (Carnaroli or Arborio)
juice and zest of 1 Meyer lemon
50g Parmigiano reggiano
salt

Bring the stock to a slow simmer and keep it this way next to the designated risotto pot. Prep the asparagus: peel the hard skin of the lower third of the asparagus spear, cut into 1.5 cm pieces until you reach the upper third with the tip and put those aside. If you have thin & thicker asparagus, cut up the thicker ones and leave the thin ones for frying. While you are cooking the risotto, slowly fry the asparagus tips or thin spears in medium hot pan with a little olive oil until browned.
For the risotto melt the butter over medium heat, sweat the minced shallot until translucent then add the risotto rice. Stir for about 3 minutes or so until the rice grains show a shiny shimmer, deglaze with a generous splash of white wine and when the rice has absorbed it add a ladle of stock. Stir from time to time and add more stock each time the previous ladle has been absorbed. You might not need to use all the stock but better safe than sorry.
Do not let the risotto get completely dry, always add the stock when the rice still seems to be quite moist. Try the rice a few times: it should still have some bite before you add the asparagus pieces (depending on your rice this might take about 15-20 minutes). Stir in the small asparagus pieces & Meyer lemon zest and cook for another 5-7 minutes not forgetting pouring in the stock at intervals. Finally round of the risotto with the parmesan, season with Meyer lemon juice to taste (I use the whole) and possibly a little salt right before the end. Serve with the pan-fried asparagus on top. If you have a little Parma ham on your hand, add a few slices for an equally good combination & even more luxurious plate.

 

 

Risotto mit Meyer Zitronen & grünem Spargel
für 2 Personen

1,5l gute Brühe (Hühner- oder Gemüsebrühe)
1 Pfund grüner Spargel
Oliveöl
ein Stückchen Butter
1 Schalotte, fein gewürfelt
1 kleines Glas Weißwein (100-150ml, Riesling oder ein anderer Wein mit angenehm frischer Säure)
170g Risottoreis (Carnaroli oder Arborio)
Saft und abgeriebene Schale einer Meyer Zitrone (alternativ Mischung aus Zitrone & Clementine)
50g Parmigiano Reggiano
Salz

Zuerst die Brühe zum Kochen bringen, neben dem designierten Risottotopf platzieren und auf kleiner Flamme leise weiter köcheln lassen. Dann den Spargel vorbereiten: die Enden schälen um die holzige dicke Haut zu entfernen und die Stangen bis zum obersten Drittel in 1,5 cm große Stückchen schneiden. Das Spitzenstück ganz lassen und beiseite legen. Sollte man dünne und dicke Stangen haben, dann die dünnsten ganz lassen und die dickeren aufschneiden. Während das Risotto kocht, ein wenig Olivenöl in einer Pfanne über mittlerer Hitze erwärmen und die Spargelspitzen darin rundherum langsam anbraten.
Für das Risotto die Butter in einem Topf mittlerer Größe bei leichter bis mittlerer Hitze schmelzen lassen und die Schalotten darin glasig andünsten, sie sollten keine Farbe annehmen. Den Risottoreis hinzugeben und für ein paar Minuten anschwitzen bis der Reis schimmert, dann mit dem Weißwein ablöschen. Wenn beinahe die gesamte Flüssigkeit verdampft ist, eine Kelle Brühe hinzugeben. Ab und zu umrühren und immer wieder die Brühe kellenweise hinzugeben – der Reis sollte niemals trocken werden. Gelegentlich probieren und wenn der Reis noch etwas Biß hat (das dauert ca. 15-20 Minuten, kommt auf den Reis etc. an) die Spargelstückchen & die Zitronenschale unterrühren und die letzten 5-7 Minuten mitgaren. Abschließend den Parmesan hinzugeben und mit Zitronensaft & Salz abschmecken. Mit den gebratenen Spargelspitzen servieren. Falls etwas Parmaschinken zur Hand ist, passt der auch ganz wunderbar dazu.

Braised tuna – Tonno alla marinara

 

Braised tuna - Tonno alla marinara

So, here am I trying to cope with the loss of the flickr ‘sharing-to-wordpress’-button. I am so not a super tech-savvy person (not at all), I fiddle around and mangle the stuff until my posts sort of look right & pretty and now I am a little lost & upset. I only found out a few days ago and thought, you know, they just might leave it there but not do any maintenance and forget about it. No, apparently not: the feature is annihilated, chopped, no mercy for the amateur-cook-blog-fiddlers, the improvisers amongst us. Tish-tosh, enough of the moaning: I wanted to change the appearance a little anyway, so I am taking the gauntlet & work (read: fiddle or hack) on that.

Here is another challenge: braising. I had to brush up on my cooking terminology and basically everything that is either previously browned or not (good, if you do not want to kill the fish twice) and than slowly cooked or simmered (often braising and simmering are used synonymously) in liquid. Braising works for wonders for fresh tuna which stays succulent and moist instead of being rendered into a bone-dry brick when pan-fried or grilled. At least that is my experience. I prefer my fish briefly seared on the outside and raw or just a little translucent on the inside, my husband doesn’t. To find a middle way, turned my slice – more often than not – into the said sad & saw-dusty brick which apparently some people (yes, you, darling) prefer. Braising tuna this way pleases the both of us, is heavenly easy to prepare and absolutely foolproof: you’ll end up with succulent fish, a fragrant liquor that is a joy to mop up with lots of torn bread and the feeling of having just eaten quite a healthy meal.

Update (after dinner): we have just had the tuna again and I have to say, ultimately (& optically) I prefer the oven method since it concentrates the flavours much more and adds a nicer colour to the fish. The braising pan method returns a lovely concentrated sauce though the fish stays pale (see here). In the end, it depends on your visual preferences and if you want to heat up the oven.

German version below, deutsches Rezept unten

 

Braised tuna – Tonno alla marinara
serves 4, adapted & reworked from Reinhardt Hess & Sabine Sälzer: Die echte italienische Küche: Ingredients, weights, cooking method changed

4 slices of tuna (2cm or a little under 1 inch thick, 100-150g or 3.5-5oz per person)
1-2 garlic cloves, pressed or grated (use less if you fear the smell)
salt & pepper
600g (21oz) small cocktail or grape tomatoes (in deepest winter: 2 small tins of cocktail tomatoes)
60g (2oz) pitted black or green olives
1 small red onion
2 tablespoons small capers (in brine)
fresh basil, chopped (about a handful) + more to garnish
fresh mint, chopped (1 tablespoon) + more to garnish
olive oil
salt & pepper
¼ l (1 cup) white wine

Preheat the oven to 175°C / 350°F.
Dry the tuna slices by patting them with a paper towel, rub with garlic puree and season with salt & pepper. Halve or quarter the tomatoes (I think there is no need to skin them), chop the olives and finely dice the onion. Toss in a bowl together with the capers & the chopped herbs. Prepare an ovenproof dish or a braising pan with a little olive oil (1 tablespoon) add the tuna slices, top with the tomato-olive-caper-herb mixture, season with a little salt & a lot of black pepper and pour over the white wine. Let the fish braise gently for about 20-30 minutes depending on the thickness of your slices. Sprinkle the fish with more fresh basil & mint, serve with the liquor and a crusty Italian country loaf.

Alternative cooking method: Prepare the tuna as above in a braising pan (I used a Le Creuset cast iron braiser), cover with a lid and braise for about 20-25 minutes over medium heat depending on the thickness of your slices. Garnish with more chopped herbs & serve with basmati rice or rustic Italian bread.

 

Thunfisch – tonno alla marinara
für 4 Personen, adaptiert von Reinhard Hess & Sabine Sälzer: Die echte italienische Küche. Verhältnisse, Mengen, Zutaten, Zubereitung geändert

4 Scheiben frischer Thunfisch (ca. 2-3cm dick, ca. 100-150g pro Scheibe)
1-2 Knoblauchzehen, gepresst oder gerieben (weniger, wenn man Angst vor dem Geruch hat)
Salz & Pfeffer
600g kleine Strauchtomaten (oder im tiefsten Winter 2 kleine Dosen Cocktailtomaten)
60g schwarze oder grüne Oliven ohne Stein
1 kleine rote Zwiebel
2 EL Kapern (in Lake)
frisches Basilikum, gehackt (ca. eine Handvoll) + mehr zum Garnieren
frische Minze, gehackt (ca. 1 EL) + mehr zum Garnieren
Olivenöl
Salz & Pfeffer
¼ l Weißwein

Den Backofen auf 175°C vorheizen. Thunfisch mit einem Küchentuch trocken tupfen, mit Knoblauchpüree einreiben und mit Salz & Pfeffer würzen. Die Tomaten je nach Größe halbieren oder vierteln (ich finde das Häuten immer ein wenig zu viel Aufwand), Oliven klein hacken und die Zwiebel fein würfeln. Zusammen mit den Kapern & den gehackten Kräutern vermischen und beiseite stellen. 1-2 EL Olivenöl in eine ofenfeste Form oder eine flache Pfanne gießen, die Thunfischscheiben hineingeben und mit der Tomaten-Oliven-Kapern-Zwiebel-Kräutermischung bedecken. Wein angießen und nochmals salzen & kräftig pfeffern. Für ca. 20-30 Minuten backen, anschließend mit mehr frischem Basilikum & Minze bestreut servieren, dazu frisches rustikales italienisches Landbrot mit einer ordentlichen Kruste reichen.

Alternative Methode: Den Thunfisch wie oben beschrieben in einer niedrigen gußeisernen Pfanne mit Deckel vorbereiten und auf mittlerer Hitze für ca. 20-25 Minuten garen. Der Fisch bleibt saftig, nimmt aber keine Farbe an, die Sauce wird konzentriert. Den Fisch mit mehr frischen Kräutern bestreuen und mit rustikalem italienischem Brot oder Basmatireis servieren.

 

green asparagus, tomato & avocado salad

Back home. There is a smell of spring in the air, daffodils & tulips are out, magnolias are in bloom and it is cold but sunny with no icy winds (I love New York but the wind can be biting). The market stalls are filled with vernal vegetables (ups, no kale anymore) and I picked up a lovely bunch of green asparagus and some avocados to fit my most immediate need for some kind of a hangover cure. Long flights & jet lag always make me hanker for bright, savoury & tangy food with quite a bit of salt added. Where did they say, that astronauts need to have strongly seasoned food in space because the taste weakens considerably in space? Substitute high altitude for space, add a tiny bit of tiredness with a dash of hypochondria and that is me today.

Well, green & fresh food is what I am after now. Don’t think I haven’t eaten very well & very healthy in the past two weeks (ignore the giant Cuban Steak sandwich or the Sturgeon bagel right before take-off). Cooking in NYC is sometimes challenging: tiny kitchen, no dishwasher, extremely limited counter space, check, check, check. On the other hand it is fun & easy since you have all the great/my favourite shops & fantastic markets with their abundance of the choicest produce and beautiful displays (oh, I missed them so so much) at your doorstep or a short subway trip away. I have a myriad of new ideas and recipes that I can’t wait to try out & experiment with.

Tip: To make sure you do not get any tough asparagus pieces, I use this method of snapping the spears between my two hands until the hard fibrous bit breaks of naturally. There is a more economical method, too, which you might want to use if you had to sell a kidney to pay for the green gold (here, anyway): peel the skin of the asparagus ends if there is tough skin or you’ve got white/purple pieces to render them edible.

German version at the end / Deutsches Rezept am Ende.

 

Green asparagus, tomato & avocado salad
serves 2 as a main or 4 as a small starter or side dish

1lb or 500g (a German pound) green asparagus
1 avocado
250g vine or grape or cocktail tomatoes (= 20 small tomatoes)
2 green or spring onions (optional)
fresh coriander
2-3 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
juice of one lime (adjust to taste, sometimes half a lime is enough)

Wash & trim the asparagus: snap off the tough ends by bending the spear between your hands until it breaks naturally or peel the hard skin off the bottom quarter if they are tough or white/purple (see tip above). Cut the green asparagus in 4-5cm or 2 inch pieces and blanch them for 5-7 minutes in generously salted water, drain and refresh in ice water.

Peel the avocado and cut into chunks, halve the tomatoes & cut your spring onions on the bias into thin rhomboids. Mix the asparagus, avocado chunks and tomatoes in a bowl, sprinkle with the spring onion and coriander leaves and season with soy sauce, sesame oil and lime juice to taste. Ideally the salad should rest for a while and you need to check & adjust the seasoning again.
 

Salat aus grünem Spargel, Tomaten & Avocado
Für 2 Personen als Hauptgericht oder 4 als kleine Vorspeise oder Beilage

1 Pfund grüner Spargel
1 reife Avocado
250g kleine Strauch- oder Cocktailtomaten (= 20 Tomaten)
2 Frühlingszwiebeln (optional)
frischer Koriander
2-3 TL Sojasauce oder Tamari
2 TL Sesamöl
Saft einer Limette (nach Geschmack, manchmal reicht auch eine halbe)

Den Spargel waschen und putzen: eine Stange zwischen zwei Händen halten bis das holzige Ende abbricht oder wenn man es ökonomischer möchte: die harten oder auch teilweise noch weiß-violetten Enden einfach schälen. Den grünen Spargel in 4-5cm große Stückchen schneiden und in großzügig gesalzenem Wasser 5-7 Minuten kochen, dann in Eiswasser abschrecken. Die Avocado schälen und in größere Stücke zerteilen, die Tomaten halbieren und die Frühlingszwiebeln schräg in dünne Rhomben schneiden. Alles in einer Schüssel mischen, den Koriander darauf streuen und mit Sojasauce, Sesamöl und Limettensaft nach Geschmack würzen. Idealerweise sollte der Salat eine Weile ruhen & muß dann natürlich noch einmal abgeschmeckt werden.

 

Still here: NYC

NYC by the james kitchen
NYC, a photo by the james kitchen on Flickr.
Enjoying the views, eating this (Thank God, I’ve got the recipe at home, traveled down to Brooklyn to get that super-duper dark gold dust = cocoa powder! & what a relief that the warehouse was right around the corner from this watering hole for the brownie addicts & cake afficionados – Baked) and this and this…. Doing a Lobster roll tour, yeah, all in the name of science… & Museum endurance test. Back soon.

Americano

Americano by the james kitchen
Americano, a photo by the james kitchen on Flickr.

 

Weekend. Cocktail. Americano. Dark red & bittersweet, this epitome of a sundowner tastes like an early evening, relaxing on a terrace in Italy, drink in hand & soaking up the last rays of sunshine and watch the sun set. At least that is my imagination here; you may conjure up your own setting.

Originally created Milano-Torino (150 years ago!) indicating the heritage of the two main ingredients: Campari from Milan & Cinzano Rosso, a dark red Vermouth from Turin, both in their own right veritable Italian aperitivi. Due to the drinks popularity with American expats, the name was changed to Americano. And to whom who thinks a cocktail recipe this old can’t be cool, let it be said: James Bond drinks it, too. Swap water for Gin (60ml) and you’ll get another classic: Negroni.

So, much later you’ll get the recipe as well. We had such unexpected lovely weather, walked the Highline to Chelsea Market, had a great lunch, did a leeettle bit of kitchen shopping (only absolutely necessary things, I swear) and walked some more through Central Park. Did you know that the Carousel stops s at 4pm? Well now we do, too.

 

Americano
Makes either one large cocktail for one, or two decent sized ones

¼ cup (60ml) Campari
¼ cup (60ml) Cinzano or Martini rosso
ice cubes
Sparkling or Soda water
orange slice

Place a few ice cubes into a cocktail glas (traditionalists use an Old Fashioned glas), add Campari & red Vermouth of choice, top with sparkling water (to taste). Garnish with a slice of orange or blood orange.

 

 

Americano auf Deutsch:
Rezept für einen großen Cocktail (manchmal braucht man das ganze Glas) oder zwei normale

60ml Campari
60ml Cinzano oder Martini rosso
Eiswürfel
Sprudelndes Wasser
Orangenscheibe (auch lecker: Blutorange)

Einige Eiswürfel in ein Cocktailglas geben (Traditionalisten bevorzugen ein hohes schmales Old Fashioned Glas), Campari & den roten Wermut ihrer Wahl hinzugeben, dann mit kohlensäurehaltigem Wasser (nach Geschmack) auffüllen und mit einer Orangenscheibe garnieren.

Bärlauchsuppe – wild garlic soup

Bärlauchsuppe (deutsches Rezept s. u.) – Wild garlic soup

Since a few days we are spoilt by sunshine & blue skies, spring seems to have arrived. In my book spring starts officially when bunches of Bärlauch with its chive & garlic scented dark green leaves are turning up at the markets. Wild garlic, ramsons, Allium ursinum or in German: Bärlauch bears its name for the brown bear’s penchant for the tasty bulbs of this vegetable & herb plant. I am fond of such telling names (like last weeks Pissenlit or the lovely Meadowsweet), they provide us with a story that connects us to a time when foraging was practiced en famille, the properties and effects (and edibility) of any plant, herb & mushroom were common knowledge.

Anyway, not to impress here as the master forager (which I am not, quite the opposite): stocks of wild garlic are depleted here and I am always a little afraid of picking the wrong plant by accident, although I think wild garlic and the beautiful but poisonous (!) Lily-of-the-Valley can be distinguished easily. Plus, I would feel deprived of my weekly visit to the market, having a quick chat and see what’s fresh, enticing and inspiring.

Friday the first wild garlic had turned up, just in time for the weekend: This is a very light, fresh and invigorating starter to a dinner. It hardly is a real soup, more akin to a tisane (guess who’s watching Hercule Poirot at the moment) or infusion, just a little something to set the tone and entice the taste buds. Best served in small amounts either in a little bowl or cup.

Update: My wild garlic soup is in the Guardian, yipee.
Is a bunch a bunch? – sizes: There has arisen a question about weight or size of a or this bunch of wild garlic. Bunch sizes vary according to country, shop or stall or season or if you harvest yourself. This recipe is totally flexible and how much you use depends on your taste as well: use more for a vivid green colour & super intense wild garlic taste, less if you prefer a less in your face spring experience. The bunches I have bought this year fitted comfortably in my hand, holding the bunch like a bouquet. I weighed it, too: 173g (6.1oz) with stalks, rubber band & the occasional flower; 126g (4.4oz) just the leaves.

 

Wild garlic soup
for 4 or 6 diners

1 (large) bunch of wild garlic (see comment above about size guide)
1 shallot, minced
a knob of butter
500ml or a pint of chicken or vegetable stock (add more or less to taste)
salt & white pepper
a dollop of cream (single, double, whipping, crème fraîche, crème double, anything)

Wash and chop the wild garlic leaves. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and let the shallot turn slowly translucent. Add the chopped leaves and the stock, cook for a few minutes, then blend to a vivid green liquid. Season with salt & white pepper and add a dollop of cream.

Bärlauchsuppe
für 4 bis 6 Personen

1 (großes) Bund Bärlauch (Kommentar oben in Englisch zur Bundgröße, paßt wie ein Blumenstrauß in die Hand)
1 Schalotte, fein gehackt
1 Stückchen Butter
500ml Hühner- oder Gemüsebrühe (mehr oder weniger nach Geschmack)
Salz & weißer Pfeffer
ein Schuß Sahne (oder Crème fraîche, crème double etc.)

Die Bärlauchblätter waschen und hacken. In einem kleinen Topf die Butter bei mittlere Hitze schmelzen und die Schalottenwürfel glasig werden lassen. Den zerkleinerten Bärlauch sowie die Brühe hinzugeben und für ein paar Minuten köcheln lassen, dann pürieren. Das intensiv grüne Süppchen mit Salz & weißem Pfeffer abschmecken und mit einem Schuß Sahne verfeinern. In kleinen Tassen servieren.

Sour cherry & hazelnut biscotti

Rezept auf deutsch für Sauerkirsch & Haselnuss Biscotti s. u.

 

Biscotti are twice-baked and the most famous biscotti are the Tuscan cantuccini, hard almond biscotti dipped repeatedly into Vin santo or with a vero espresso in the afternoon. Spring weekends in California saw us many times driving to Half Moon Bay or Montara, wandering the empty beaches accompanied by Sanderlings and cradling a cup of coffee & ever so often dunking one of the giant biscotti picked up from the coffee shop. These sour cherry and hazelnut ones are just equally nice with a steaming cup of tea (mine’s Early Gray with milk).

Just returning from a short stay in the Black Forest region proves again Germany’s fondness for dark-red Morello cherries (Schattenmorellen) as a main ingredient in the well-known Schwarzwälderkirschtorte (Black Forest Gateau). I have a special place in my heart for the less flamboyant light-red Amarelle or glas-cherries like the beautiful Cerise de Montmorency. My grandfather had a tiny tree in his garden studded with cherries shining like small light-red baubles against the dark green leaves – a picture perfect tree akin to those illustrating children’s books. They were extremely sour or so you believe as a child. Taste changes and today I savour the intense tartness & slightly old-fashioned fragrance much more as it reminds me of endless summers spent alone with my grandfather in his garden.

Buying dried sour cherry varieties in Germany is nearly impossible, at least specialist shops or online dealers in dried fruits sell dried & untreated sour cherries. For these biscotti though I have used my last bag of dried Montmorency cherries brought back from the US (Trader Joe’s, Whole Food Market) before I stock up our larder again like a greedy magpie.

 

Sour cherry & hazelnut biscotti
makes about 40 biscotti, adapted from a cutting from Williams-Sonoma Cookies

1 stick of unsalted butter (114g), room temperature
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
a scant ¼ teaspoon salt
zest of 1 orange
1 heaped cup hazelnuts
½ cup of whole dried sour cherries (Cerises de Montmorency, unsweetened & untreated)

 

Preheat the oven to 175°C or 350° F, line one or two baking trays with a sheet of baking parchment.

Roast the hazelnuts in a dry pan or the oven until they small intensely nutty but are not browned too much. Cool briefly, then chop into coarse pieces, leaving a few rather large chunks or give the nuts a quick blitz in the food processor.

Cream butter and sugar until light yellow and fluffy. Add one egg after the other and the vanilla extract. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon & salt together, slowly stir a small amount into the batter at first before you add the rest. Mix with orange zest, hazelnuts and cherries and spoon the soft dough with a spatula onto the baking tray and form two logs (flouring your hands helps to prevent the dough from sticking) with at least 20 cm space in between. Bake for about 25-30 minutes until lightly golden but not brown. Take them out of the oven and leave to cool on the tray for about 15 minutes, then cut the logs with a serrated knife diagonally into 2cm slices and return those to the baking tray (lying on one side) to be baked for another 10 minutes until the biscotti look lightly toasted. Leave to cool on the trays, keep in airtight containers.

 

 

Sauerkirsch & Haselnuss Biscotti
ergibt ca. 40 Biscotti, ich bleibe hier der Einfachheit halber bei den amerikanischen Tassen

114g ungesalzene weiche Butter
¾ Tasse Zucker
2 Eier
1 TL Vanilleextrakt (ersatzweise Vanillezucker)
1 ¾ Tassen Mehl
½ TL Backpulver
½ TL Zimt
annähernd ¼ TL Salz
Zesten (geriebene Schale) von 1 Orange (Bio)
1 Tasse ganze Haselnüsse
½ Tasse ganze getrocknete Sauerkirschen (Montmorency- oder Glaskirschen, unbehandelt, ungesüßt)

 

Backofen auf 175°C vorheizen und ein Backblech mit Backpapier belegen.

Die Haselnüsse entweder in einer trockenen Pfanne kurz rösten oder im Backofen toasten bis sie intensiv nussig riechen, aber nicht sehr braun geworden sind. Abkühlen lassen und entweder mit dem Messer grob hacken oder in der Küchenmaschine zerkleinern. Es sollten noch ein paar größere Stückchen darunter sein, die man auch noch in den gebackenen Biscotti sehen kann.

Die Butter mit dem Zucker schaumig schlagen und die Eier nach und nach, anschließend den Vanilleextrakt hinzugeben. Das Mehl zusammen mit Backpulver, Zimt und Salz sieben, zuerst einen kleinen Teil langsam unterrühren, schließlich das gesamte Mehl. Zum Schluß die Orangenschale, die grob gehackten Haselnüsse und die Sauerkirschen unterheben.

Die weiche Masse auf das Backblech mit dem Teigschaber geben und mit bemehlten Händen zu zwei langen Rollen formen, etwas plattdrücken. Beide Teigrollen sollten mindestens 20cm Abstand voneinander haben. Für ca. 25-30 Minuten backen bis sie goldfarben (nicht braun) sind, auf dem Blech für 15 Minuten abkühlen lassen. Mit einem Brotmesser diagonal in 2cm breite Scheiben schneiden, diese auf der flachen Seite auf das Backblech legen und wiederum für 10 Minuten backen bis diese goldfarben getoastet sind. Auf dem Blech abkühlen lassen, in luftdichtem Container aufbewahren.