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Vanilla Biscotti

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Serves 16
Serves 16

About the bake

Biscotti are traditional Italian hard biscuits made to drink with a strong espresso coffee. Our recipe for Vanilla Biscotti makes use of Nielsen Massey Vanilla Bean Paste to get a classic vanilla flavour. We've paired this with a hint of lemon to create a nice contrast in flavours.

8 ingredients7 steps
  • Nut Free


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 150°C, (fan 130°C, gas mark 2). Place the flour and semolina in a mixing bowl.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Allinson's Plain White Flour (175g)
    • Semolina (Fine) (50g)
  2. Step 2

    Add the vanilla bean paste to the beaten egg.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste (1 1/2 tsp)
    • Large free range egg(s) (lightly beaten) (1)
  3. Step 3

    Add the sugar, baking powder and lemon zest to the flour.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Silver spoon half spoon granulated sugar (50g)
    • Lemon zest (1)
    • Baking powder (1 tsp)
  4. Step 4

    Mix in the low fat margarine and sufficient egg to form a soft dough. You may need to add a little milk to help the mixture bind.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Low fat margarine (28g)
  5. Step 5

    Place the dough onto a floured surface and split into 4 parts. Roll each part into a long sausage shape and place onto a non-stick baking tray, spaced apart.

  6. Step 6

    Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully lift the dough onto a chopping board. Using a heavy chopping knife slice the dough at a 45 degree angle at 2cm (1 inch) intervals.

  7. Step 7

    Place the cut biscuits back onto the baking tray and cook for a further 15 minutes until crisp.  Allow to cool then store in an air tight container.


    • 175gAllinson's Plain White Flour 
    • 50gSemolina (Fine) 
    • 1 1/2 tspNielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste 
    • 50gSilver spoon half spoon granulated sugar 
    • 1 tspBaking powder 
    • 1Lemon zest 
    • 28gLow fat margarine 
    • 1Large free range egg(s) (lightly beaten) 


  • Baking tray
  • Mixing bowl
  • Zester
  • Chopping board
  • Heavy chopping knife

Nutritional information per 20g serving

  • Energy 77cal
  • Fat 1.5g
  • of which Saturates 0.4g
  • Carbohydrates 13g
  • of which Sugars 3.4g
  • Protein 1.9g
  • Salt 0.11g

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