This book is as beautiful inside as it looks like it would be from the cover. It is a book from the Swedish TV cook Leila Lindholm. It contains both sweet and savory recipes and I cannot wait to work my way through the book. So why not start right away?
I gathered my ingredients. I picked a recipe that I had everything in my house already. The recipe is chocolate biscotti with black olives. Yes, olives! I found her recipe very easy to follow. I bake another biscotti recipe I have from 20 years ago when I lived in Sweden. This one surprised me as the dough was wet and sticky just as described in the recipe.
So I made myself a cup of espresso this afternoon since I had to taste test my cookies before I can serve them to Jos.
I love baking and used to bake constantly. I got away from it as my health was not well but decided that I want to start baking again when I can. I think you appreciate a home baked cookie or cake more than things you buy in the grocery store.
By chance, there is a baking theme in life this week as I am reading and loving Bread Alone by Judith Ryan Hendricks. I have had this book on my shelves for years waiting to be read. I think I put it off because I had read Isabel's Daughter by the same author and found it to be a lukewarm read. This book is nothing like the other and I just love it! I am half way through and already dreading the book ending. I think that is what a good book is made of!
Edit: Now that we have had these cookies tonight, we are sure they would be just as good without the addition of the black olives. They add an extra dimension to the cookie but not really one we felt was needed.