It's winter again in the Bay Area, apparently-- after a few, long weeks of sun and seventy-degree weather, we're back again to the (relative) cold and grey storminess. And by "cold," I mean chance of snow showers projected in parts of the Bay Area. For this part of California (where houses, like mine, don't have heating!), at least, that means it's cold.
The return of the cold, combined with trying to desperately to fight off a cold and fast-approaching deadlines at work, has made me pretty much lose my appetite altogether. All I seem to want these days is a big bowl of steaming hot Chinese chicken broth, warm pear juice (to prevent cold/sore throat--it works wonders), and caffeine. It's been quite a while since I've had any desire to eat dessert, which, to a dessert-lover, is really nothing short of devastating--I feel as if I've completely lost my mojo and traded it for a never-ending pot of chicken broth sitting in the fridge! (Though I must say, Chinese chicken broth, with just the faintest hint of ginger, is some delicious stuff.)
So after a few weeks of this going by and me just avoiding the kitchen like a plague, I decided that this anti-dessert mood I was in needed to stop. And fast. Yet, the only sweets I seemed to even vaguely crave were chocolate chip cookies--namely, something simple, homey, not overly-complicated or fretted over. Something easy. Like a dessert version of chicken soup for the soul.
Ultimately, once I got myself into the kitchen, these are what I made: dark chocolate chip and currant biscotti, which were exactly what I needed-- A no fuss, not-too-sweet cookie with just enough crunch. Bittersweet chocolate for the days of darker weather outside. Tiny little currants for pops of sweetness next to the dark chocolate (and, currants trump raisins in desserts any day.). And just a little something that I could absent-mindedly dip in my tea and enjoy while writing papers at my desk. Most definitely a huge improvement from a chicken broth-pear juice diet.
I've thrown in the Chinese chicken broth recipe below, too, because, let's face it, winter, flu season, and paper deadlines aren't over yet, and we can't all subsist on dark chocolate-currant biscotti alone! (as much as we'd like to try.)
Read on for recipe...