It can be daunting cooking for vegans, often one thinks of tofu and seaweed and how joyless this kind of repertoire can be in the wrong hands. Vegan seems to imply sacrifice and self-denial. There are, of course, many luxurious ingredients that can be included in the vegan repertoire and often chocolate is overlooked, which is a shame. There should never be any dairy products or animal fats in pure dark chocolate (some manufacturers actually put animal fats into dark chocolate – unforgivable!) and, as chocolate is so rich in vitamins and minerals, it ought to be an essential food supplement.
This is an incredibly quick and simple Tuscan recipe that I watched being cooked at the same event as the classic chocolate chip cookies. In Italy, biscotti simply means ‘biscuit’, but the Siennese ones with which we are now so familiar are, of course, usually served with a glass of vin santo for dipping.