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Lemon and fennel seed biscotti with ricotta and honey

Australian Gourmet Traveller fast recipe for lemon and fennel seed biscotti with ricotta and honey.

By Lisa Featherby & Alice Storey
  • Serves 6 - 8
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  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 40 gm raw sugar
  • Finely grated rind of 1 lemon and 1 orange
  • 200 gm (about half a sheet) store-bought shortcrust pastry (see note)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with milk for egg wash
  • To serve: ricotta and honeycomb
  • To serve: chilled grappa (optional)


  • 1
    Dry-roast fennel seeds in a frying pan until fragrant (30 seconds). Coarsely pound using a mortar and pestle, then combine with sugar and rind and set aside.
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 180C. Roll pastry on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick. Cut with a floured pasta cutter into rectangles about 2.5cm x 4cm. Transfer to a tray lined with baking paper. Brush with egg wash, scatter with fennel and sugar mixture and bake until golden and crisp (6-8 minutes). Set aside to cool slightly.
  • 3
    Serve with ricotta, honeycomb and chilled grappa.


Note We use Carême shortcrust pastry. Biscotti will keep in an airtight container for three days.