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Baking Biscotti & The Path to Enlightenment

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I never imagined that I would one day become a baker of biscotti. But, here I am, well into my leisure years, contemplating recipes, the merits of flour (whole wheat, preshifted, unbleached or enriched), whole or slivered almonds and the wisdom of adding brandy when it isn’t called for, among other things. As I was to learn through trial and error – all of it is important to one degree or another.

It is a process that soothes your mind. As is the Zen of prep, the organization of ingredients, the creative measurement of amounts, whether the butter and sugar blend properly and the dough is worked (not overworked) just so. One, over time, develops a personal touch for all of this. The process becomes part of you. One learns not to ignore past mistakes. The mistakes become markers along the way. And the way leads to enlightenment.

Sound a little much? Perhaps so. Still, if you consider baking biscotti an exercise in relaxation, a short continuum in which the cares of the world and your everyday life are sublimated to a simple purpose, then perhaps not. After all, ingredients never come together exactly the same every time. There is always a minute variance. So consider the concentration required, the attention needed to make sure your biscotti don’t burn because you can’t trust your oven. In the second baking, you are forced to focus on timing because you want just the right amount of toasting on either side.

There is karma in the baking of biscotti. You alone are responsible for their success or failure. It is the sum of your feelings brought to bear in the baking of a simple biscuit. A time when you taste again all that is simple in life.

Written by metropolitanhomesickblues

February 20, 2010 at 8:40 PM

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  1. lovely post!
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    Michael

    Michael

    February 20, 2010 at 8:49 PM


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