Hanukkah begins Wednesday, December 1, so there's no better time than now to figure out what you're bringing to Shabbat dinner. Mandel bread -- also known as mandelbrot -- is a tasty, traditional dessert that's similar to Italian biscotti except slightly softer. Even if you aren't Jewish, it's the perfect sweet treat to serve with coffee or tea.
Mandel bread is typically flavored with almonds, cinnamon, and sugar or you can get really crazy and throw in some chocolate chips.
Chocolate Chip Mandel Bread adapted from Nutmeg Nanny
- 3 extra large eggs -- room temperature
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup vegetable or canola oil
- 3 cups all purpose flour -- sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- 2/3 cup cinnamon sugar
- 1/2 cup slivered or finely sliced almonds
- 1.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Beat eggs until light and frothy. Add sugar, and continue beating until thick and very light in color. Add the extract and oil and beat to combine. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together, and add slowly with the mixer on low, about a 1/2 cup at a time. Add the almonds and chocolate chips and mix until combined.
Pour the batter into two greased 10-inch bread pans. Bake for 45 minutes at 350°F, or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean after inserted. Slice the loaf into 1/2-inch slices and place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon-sugar. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove, flip, and cover with remaining cinnamon-sugar and sliced almonds. Bake for 10 more minutes. Let the mandelbrot cool to room temperature.
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