a day late and a dollar short-almost. thought this challenge was next week and nearly missed it. luckily, cantuccini are easy to make with this recipe from nick malgieri and the recipe from baking with julia is the same as this recipe on his website. since i really did not want approximately 80 cookies in the house, i made one third of the recipe. still, i ended up with about two dozen small, crispy cookies.
honestly, i am a bit of a biscotti snob. when i first opened my wholesale only bakery in 1997, all i made were biscotti. my husband and i sold them to nearly every coffee house in town. my preference is for a softer texture and by softer i do not mean chewy or moist. my biscotti are dry like a biscotti should be; the difference is that they do not need a soaking to bite into. luckily, neither did these cantuccini when sliced according to nick's directions-1/4" thick.
and this is how the log looked after i sliced it-see, no broken pieces!
to see what the other bakers came up with, visit the tuesdays with dorie page!