Chocolate Covered Banana Biscotti


3 Very Ripe Bananas - Mashed

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar, plus more for sprinkling

3 large eggs, plus 1 large egg, lightly beaten

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 Chopped Nuts (Walnuts or Pecans)

Baker's Chocolate

1 cup chopped nuts ( for topping, optional)

Method of Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla and Mashed Bananas. Add flour mixture, and mix on low speed until combined. Mix in Walnuts or Pecans.

3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape each piece into a 16-by-2-inch log, and transfer to prepared baking sheet, about 3 inches apart. With the palm of your hand, flatten logs slightly. Brush beaten egg over surface of the dough logs, and sprinkle with sugar.

4. Bake, rotating sheet halfway through, until logs are slightly firm to touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer logs on parchment paper to a wire rack to cool slightly, about 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.

5. Place logs on a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut logs crosswise on the diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices, cut sides down, on rack. Bake until firm to touch, about 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven; let biscotti cool completely on rack.