Recently, I was trying to figure out a snack for Squeaker. She tends to get bored with the same old, day in and day out… and I can’t blame her, because I do too. So, after taking a preliminary search through Google and Pinterest, I turned to my cookbooks. I have a few cookbooks that are specifically for baby food, so I hoped that I would find something easy to make.
The end result?
Homemade Biscotti for Babies
- 1 cup all-purpose flour (substitute Quinoa flour or Spelt for a Gluten Free variation)
- 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 egg yolk (If making for a baby under a year old, use only the egg yolk to avoid potential allergens found in egg whites.)
- 1 tablespoon oil (I used Vegetable)
- 1/3 cup milk (I used 100% Lactaid Milk, but you can also use water, Soy milk, or Almond Milk- try unsweetened)
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 325
2. Mix dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl
3. Add wet ingredients and stir until you have a firm dough.
4. Shape the dough into a log approximately 6 inches long. Place on greased cookie sheet (I used one lined with aluminum foil, could also use parchment paper) and then press the log into a bar approximately 2 inches wide.
I think mine ended up about 3 inches wide
5. Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and let cool until your dough log is cool enough to touch.
6. Once cooled enough, cut diagonally into 1/2 inch slices. Spread out on cookie sheet and bake for another 10-15 minutes (I went the full 15).
7. Let cool on a wire rack.
Store in airtight container.
Our biscotti turned out to be somewhat crumbly, which is perfectly fine for me. They’re just the right size for Squeaker to hold, break off a piece and chew. They also dissolve quite nicely once they’re in her mouth and (after trying a piece myself) they really are pretty tasty. I’m sure if I was making these for me, I would have added almonds for texture and crunch.
And on a non-related food note, this was also a reminder to me that next on my ‘to-buy’ list is a decent SLR camera. I’ve had my eye on one for quite some time now.. and while I suppose my phone is doing an okay job, I know that I could be doing so much better with the pictures.