I always enjoyed biscotti, but never made them for some reason. Then, on one of my daily trips to Starbucks, barista Gabe asked if I had ever made biscotti. “Could you make some? And they have to be pecan biscotti because I don’t like almonds”. Hmmm…I love a recipe challenge, so set off to find the best biscotti recipe I could. I’d never baked with pecans before but now that I have, I see what all the fuss is about. Pecans are rich and have a deep, nutty flavor all their own. They are one of the softer textured nuts, so are super easy to work with when it comes to chopping.
Then I thought, “If plain biscotti is good, chocolate dipped might be even better”. So that’s how we ended up where we are today. I hope you enjoy these pecan biscotti dipped in chocolate, and then dipped again in more pecans if you choose. They are crispy on the outside, and just a little softer on the inside. Eat them as-is, or for a special treat, dunk them in your favorite coffee. The texture changes immediately, and they become soft and melt-in-your-mouth delicious in a matter of seconds. Either way or both – your choice.
Since I’m there every day, I’ve been able to make friends with many of those hard-working young men and women that perfectly make my special order (5-shot Grande Americano with 1-inch of room). These guys are amazing. They work in perfect synchronization in a very small space, handling hundreds of customers and never lose their cool. They are polite, kind, and always show a personal interest in how your day is going. They are often working many hours and going to school at the same time, and I have never, ever heard one of them complain about anything. When I bring my 90-year-old mom, Neeners, in with me, most of them will turn and holler “NEENERS!!” at the top of their lungs and she is thrilled. She starts dancing around in there and acting like a movie star….and if the music is turned up, she keeps dancing (all the while peeking around to see if anybody is looking). Neeners has always been a total drama queen. Hey Cornelius Starbucks – these pecan biscotti are for you. xoxo