BISCOTTI ITALIAN STYLE
11/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
*1 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F(175
degrees C). Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, cream together
butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Sift together
the flour, baking powder, and salt; mix into the egg mixture. Stir in the
walnuts. Shape dough into two equal logs approximately 12 inches long. Place
logs on baking sheet, and flatten out to about 1/2 inch thickness.
Bake for about 30 minutes in
preheated oven, or until edges are golden and the center is firm. Remove from
oven to cool on the pans. When loaves are cool enough to handle, use a serrated
knife to slice the loaves diagonally into 1 inch thick slices. Return the slices
to the baking sheet.
Bake for an additional 10 minutes,
turning Bake for an additional 10 minutes, turning over once. Cool completely,
and store in an airtight container at room temperature
* Chopped walnuts can substituted
with chopped dates.