I had a lot of fresh sage last week for a different recipe I was developing. And, I didn’t want it to go to waste. I wanted to use it for something, but I couldn’t decide what just yet. So, I browned some butter with sage in it and then I was able to let it sit for a few more days until I decided what I wanted to bake. The result was this Brown Butter Sage Biscotti, and it is so good!
If you have never browned butter before, don’t be timid. It is a really easy thing to do and it can bring so much more dimension and flavor to a recipe. Browned butter can be used in many recipes and not just desserts, but savory recipes too! I love making biscotti with browned butter because it’s such an interesting flavor profile and it goes well with so many things.
Pair this Brown Butter Sage Biscotti with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, or dipped into a milkshake or malt. Dip it in coffee, a big glass of milk, or tea. Make this recipe when you have extra fresh sage lying around that you don’t want to go to waste, like I did, and you will have an easy dessert that will last for days.
Tips for Making the Best Brown Butter Sage Biscotti
• When making the brown butter, make sure to watch it like a hawk! This can go from not done to burnt very quickly. So make sure to stay by it and stir, remove it from the heat (if you can’t see the color) and as soon as it turns golden, remove it from the heat.
• When forming the biscotti log, make sure it’s even so the biscotti cooks evenly and you have even sized pieces.
• The resting period is very important for biscotti, as this allows you to easily cut it without it breaking. If you do cut it and it seems hot or doughy still, you can let it rest a little bit longer. You want nice clean cuts. And if it was very doughy and broke easily at this stage, then that’s an indicator that you should have baked it a little longer. Everyone’s oven is a little different, so make a note of that for the next time you bake it, and add 5 minutes to the initial time.
• For the second bake of the biscotti, make sure it’s golden brown and crispy looking upon coming out of the oven. You can always bake it a little bit longer here as well, as everyone’s oven is a little different. Set a timer for 2 minutes and go from there.
• Since this biscotti has a glaze on it, it needs to set up. I like to bake this the night before I plan to enjoy it, as the glaze is best when it sets up overnight.
Brown Butter Sage Biscotti
Makes 12 biscotti
1/2 cup (113 grams) organic salted butter
5 grams (1/2 cup) organic fresh sage leaves
113 grams (1/2 cup) packed organic dark brown sugar
57 grams (1/4 cup) organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 organic large eggs
255 grams (2 cups) organic all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
284 grams (2 cups) organic powdered sugar, sifted
3 to 4 tablespoons water
Brown the butter – this is an easy thing to do. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the butter and sage leaves. The butter will start to melt and once it turns into a liquid, it will start to bubble a little. Stir it occasionally with a spatula, and once the butter turns a maple syrup color and smells nutty and sweet it’s done. You will also see small brown specs in the butter; this means it’s done. Be very careful not to burn this, it does cook very quickly at this stage. Immediately scrape the butter into your mixing bowl so you get every last delicious spec. Allow the butter to cool completely before beginning the next step.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add browned butter, dark brown sugar, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until all ingredients are combined.Add in the eggs and mix on low just until combined.
In a separate bowl, add the flour, baking soda, and sea salt and whisk together. Then add to butter mixture and mix on low until combined.
Using your hands form a large log out of the cookie dough and flatten slightly so its about 1 inch thick, it will be about 13 x 4 inches.
Bake for 35 minutes or until the middle looks set, but not completely done. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Trim off the edges, then slice into 12 pieces and bake again for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.
To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar and water and whisk until smooth. Drizzle over the tops of biscotti. Let set completely before storing.
Store in a cool dry place for up to 7 days.
Gluten Free – Replace the organic flour with 210 grams ( 1 1/3 cups) organic gluten free flour blend and 28 grams (1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon) organic coconut flour.
High Altitude – Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until the middle looks set but not completely done, then remove and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut as instructed and bake again for 15 minutes.
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