Following the top reviewers' comments, I added orange zest to the batter (used one whole orange) and added vanilla instead of almond (just because I didn't have one on hand). The taste was amazing! BUT I had two problems (MY fault I'm sure since I'm a very beginner in baking): 1) the log cracked while slicing and I ended up with a big bowl of crumbles (fine, several large chunks were there too); 2) the "crust" (or edges) didn't turn nice brown when done baking. Like I said, it was probably my fault (though I don't know where I went wrong!), so I'm definitely gonna try again and again till I get it right because I love the taste of these biscotti's!!! :D
-----Edit: I made these again with CHOPPED pistachio (chopped for easier slicing) and this time they turned out perfect! Of course few crumbs fell off while slicing, but not one single piece was ruined. I didn't have orange this time but had almond extract on hand. The taste was still amazing PLUS no crack, no crumbling. I didn't even cover my log when I took it out of oven. I am very happy with the result but next time I'll try egg wash just for the look. Went from 4 stars to 5!
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Following the top reviewers' comments, I added orange zest to the batter (used one whole...