WHEN GOOD BANANAS GO BAD... THE ADVENT OF BANANA BREAD BISCOTTI



What do you do when a good banana goes bad?  In my house, the solution typically comes in the form of banana bread.   But due to the fact that my family suffers under the delusion that eating any of the final three bananas in any given bunch is punishable by death, we have grown rather bored by the ever-present banana bread.   I had saved a recipe a while back for banana biscotti, thinking that it would be another good way to reform bananas gone bad, but alas when I pulled it up I found that it called for banana bread mix.  Heavens!  So, my little chef protege and I  donned our aprons and inventing caps and came up with a marvelous recipe of our own that is simple and yields professional looking results.   It keeps for several weeks if stored in an airtight container.  Enjoy!

Rook No. 17's Banana Bread Biscotti
makes approx. 3 dozen

5 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 overripe bananas
3 Tablespoons canola oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla
3 large eggs
1 cup toasted chopped pecans


12 oz. good quality chocolate, chopped and melted at low heat


Preheat oven to 350.


In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, mix bananas, oil, vanilla and eggs on medium speed for five minutes.  Add dry ingredients and pecans and mix until just combined.  Dough will be thick.  Turn out on a floured surface and divide into four equal pieces.  Shape each piece into rectangles, flattened to a 1/2" thickness.  Place the four dough rectangles on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.  

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.  Remove rectangles from baking sheet and allow to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Cut each rectangle vertically into 1/2" slices.  Place slices, cut sides down, on a baking sheet.  Reduce oven to 275 and bake for another 15 minutes.  Turn cookies over; bake an additional 15 minutes.  Cookies will be very lightly browned and still slightly soft, but will harden as they cool.  Remove from baking sheet and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.  

Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.  Because of their length, I prefer to dip my biscotti into melted chocolate held in a long, narrow dish.  Pyrex loaf pans work beautifully.  Dip each biscotti, flat edge down, in melted chocolate and arrange on lined baking sheet.  After all biscotti have been dipped, you can rest them in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to help the chocolate solidify.

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