Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti with Caramelized White Chocolate

Pumpkin Biscotti with Caramelized White ChocolateIt’s fall. You can tell because the leaves are turning, the air is crisp, the days are shorter, and recipes for pumpkin-spiced-everything abound. It seems Autumn wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg to cozy it up.I don’t mind one bit, though, because I adore pumpkin and pumpkin-spiced things. T-Hubs and I even grow our own pie pumpkins each year (homemade pumpkin puree makes everything better, trust me — you can find my tutorial on making your own, here). But even to a pumpkin lover like me, it’s hard not to notice that this pumpkin-spiced-madness is dominated by one pumpkin-spiced-thing: the pumpkin spice latte.

The moment Starbucks and Carabou and Tim Horton’s break out the holiday spices, everyone starts going crazy. The internet goes wild with copycat recipes, DIY pumpkin spice creamers, and how-to’s on turning your morning cup of joe into a steaming mug of pumpkin pie.

But wait… aren’t we forgetting something? Like, something sweet and crunchy to dunk into our coffees (or teas)?

Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.

Pumpkin Biscotti with Caramelized White Chocolate

Besides sugar, spice, and everything nice, I’m pretty sure these pumpkin biscotti are made of magic. Even T-Hubs, who doesn’t normally like biscotti, loved them. And for those of you worried about a pumpkin spice overload, these won’t knock you over the head with holiday cheer… they’re nutty and mellow, and not too sweet.

To top it all off, I drizzled my biscotti in caramelized white chocolate. You could use regular white chocolate, of course, but I thought the toasted, almost butterscotch-esque flavor of the caramel was a nice touch. Caramelized white chocolate is super easy to make, and you can find my tutorial on it, here.

Pumpkin Biscotti with Caramelized White Chocolate
Pumpkin Biscotti with Caramelized White Chocolate

Let’s get dunking, shall we?

Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti with Caramelized White Chocolate
Makes about 40 regular sized biscotti, or 20 extra-large

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt (or 1/2 tsp. sea salt)
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. all spice
1/8th tsp. cloves (optional)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (preferably fresh)
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 TBSP pure maple syrup
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 heaping cup pecan halves (or walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, etc.)

Caramelized white chocolate, melted – recipe here (or regular white chocolate, melted)

Method:
1.   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the pecans (or other nuts) onto a rimmed baking sheet, and place in the oven for 5-6 minutes to toast them lightly. Give the pan a shake half-way through to make sure they heat evenly. Chop the nuts roughly and set aside. (Note: if using hazelnuts, transfer the freshly toasted nuts to a clean kitchen towel and rub them together to remove the dark outer skins before chopping.)
2.   Line your baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
3.   In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Set aside.
4    In a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
5.   Turn your mixer to low, and add the dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, fold in the chopped nuts.
6.   Dump the dough out onto a well-floured surface, and divide into two equal portions. Shape each portion into a log about 12 inches long, and 2-3 inches wide. Carefully transfer each log onto your prepared baking sheet, making sure they are spaced at least a couple of inches apart. I found a dough scraper or other flat object helped immensely in transferring the dough from counter to baking sheet. (Alternatively, shape all of the dough into one large log to make extra-large biscotti.)
7.   Bake on the center rack for 25-30 minutes, or until the dough is lightly golden on top. Remove from the oven and let cool for 20-30 minutes. While the logs cool, reduce the oven temperature to 325f.
8.   Carefully transfer the logs to a cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut each log on the diagonal into about 1/2 inch thick slices. Return the slices to the baking sheet, laying them cut-side up. If the biscotti don’t all fit on one pan, either bake them in batches, or line a second tray with parchment paper.
9.   Return the biscotti to the oven, and bake for 12 more minutes. Flip each cookie over, and bake again for another 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges and mostly dry. They will continue to harden as they cool. Let cool completely on a wire rack. If the cookies don’t become crispy and dry all the way through while cooling, return them to the oven for another 3-4 minutes.
10.   Once completely cooled, dip or drizzle with the caramelized white chocolate. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to a few weeks.

 

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13 Responses to Pumpkin Pecan Biscotti with Caramelized White Chocolate

  1. Anna @ Bashful Bao October 30, 2013 at 1:47 am #

    Love that white chocolate drizzle! These sound like a great autumn breakfast, I can’t wait to give them a try!!

  2. Shelly West October 30, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Yes! Love love love biscotti and with a fall twist like this? I am sold! I’ve also never had caramelized white chocolate but this looks like the perfect excuse to try it out…

  3. Tanya-Lemonsforlulu.com October 30, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    That is the perfect way to eat biscotti, dunking it right into your coffee! I love the caramelized white chocolate! I have to give that a try!

  4. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    I wish I had this with my morning cup of coffee right now!

  5. Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes October 31, 2013 at 1:38 am #

    I absolutely love the picture pouring the cream! I have yet to make biscotti…I usually prefer soft, moist baked goods, but this looks so good I might have to change that!

  6. Leah November 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Wow! I love that picture pouring the cream as well! So creative!!!

  7. Amy @ Elephant Eats November 1, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

    I’m ok with pumpkin-spice overload during autumn, since I mean it only lasts for the season, it’s not like it’s all year long! These look just perfect. I still need to try making biscotti again after my Biscotti Failure 2004. One day. The caramelized white chocolate looks so pretty on these!!

  8. shannon weber November 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    so pretty! and i love how not only is the biscotti sort of a pumpkiny color, but the caramelized white chocolate takes on that whole color, too. love it. like this may be making an appearance at thanksgiving for my out-of-town guests. :)

  9. Laura Dembowski November 9, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    Love the idea of crunchy pumpkin cookies! I always roast and puree my own pumpkin too. I’ve also seen caramelized white chocolate everywhere and I need to try it.

  10. Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes November 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    I absolutely ADORE biscotti and have never had a pumpkin biscotti before, it sounds so comforting with a cup of tea all snuggled up; I love the change of seasons but totally dislike how early the sun disappears :(

  11. Jenny Depa-Karl August 20, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    I wish I had some with my morning cuppa!!! Going to make this soon!!! Thank You! Thank You!

  12. Dianne Lee February 17, 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    I just ran across this on Pinterest, and I have got to try it out .

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