Chocolate-Nut Biscotti

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1⁄3 cup oil
2⁄3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1⁄3 cup cocoa, sifted
1/2 cup potato starch
1 1/4 cups ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder(optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or chopped baking chocolate)
1/4 cup slivered almonds,toasted
6 oz good-quality bittersweet chocolate
caramelized nuts, for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream oil and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. Gradually add cocoa.
In a small bowl, combine potato starch, ground almonds, and baking powder. Add to the mixer, alternating with chocolate chips. Add almonds. Do not overmix.
Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
With wet hands, form 2 loaves of batter on the baking sheet. Smooth with a few drops of water. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Using a serrated knife, cut biscotti into slices about 1-inch thick. Return to baking sheet on a cut side. Bake for an additional 5 minutes.
To decorate, melt baking chocolate over a double boiler. Using a spatula, smear chocolate over the biscotti.
Sprinkle on caramelized nuts. Biscotti freeze well.