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Mandel Bread

Yield about 9 dozen
Also called mandelbrot, or almond bread, this treat may be more popularly recognized as Italian biscotti.

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup chopped almonds, toasted and divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

How to Make It

  1. Beat eggs, 1 cup sugar, and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended; add 1/4 cup oil, beating until blended.

  2. Combine 1/4 cup flour and almonds, tossing to coat.

  3. Combine remaining 3 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon; add to egg mixture alternately with remaining 3/4 cup oil, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in extracts and toasted almond mixture.

  4. Divide dough into 8 portions; shape each portion into an 8- x 3-inch log on lightly greased baking sheets (4 logs may be placed crosswise on each of 2 baking sheets). Stir together remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over logs.

  5. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Lay slices flat on baking sheets.

  6. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes; turn slices over, and bake 5 more minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.