I realised recently that I hadn't baked anything from my baking to do list for a long time. My magazine collection keeps growing but they're not being used, after I've had a flick through the recipes I file the magazines away and forget what I wanted to bake from them. That's partly why I started making a list, however the list only goes up to issue 37 and I received issue 45 a few days ago. Before I extend the list with things I want to try from the newer issues, I think it's time to try and work my way through some of the things that are already on the list. I asked my boyfriend to pick a random number and he chose number 32 which was these poppy seed biscotti.
As the recipe for these makes 40 small biscuits I took half of them into the office where they were gratefully received by my fellow PhD students. These biscuits are supposed to be sandwiched together with a lime and mascarpone filling but I just wanted some simple biscuits for a change so left it out. I was a bit disappointed with the recipe as I had to add a lot of extra flour in order to get a dough that could be rolled out because it was incredibly soft and I think the quantities may have been wrong. In the end I got the dough firm enough to roll into small balls but didn't get as far as rolling out properly and cutting out shapes. I think I may have slightly underbaked these as they were bit soft but they had a good lemony flavour and texture from the poppy seeds.