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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Biscotti’s with Pistachio, Almonds and Cranberries

Biscotti’s with Pistachio, Almonds and Cranberries
Biscotti’s with Pistachio, Almonds and Cranberries
Biscotti’s with Pistachio, Almonds and Cranberries
 
INGREDIENTS NEEDED:
  • 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup of granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp of lemon zest
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ¼ salt
  • ½ cup of dried cranberries coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup of coarsely chopped pistachios
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped almonds
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tsp of vegetable shortening
  • NOTE: you can substitute the cranberries for your favorite dried fruit (peaches, cherries, raisins) or change the recipe with any choice of nuts.
PREPARATION:
  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In an electric mixer, add eggs and sugar and beat on high for 4-5 minutes ( it should be thick and pale in colour. Then beat in vanilla and lemon zest until combined.
  • In a bowl mix thoroughly flour, baking powder and salt. Then add to egg mixture and mix well.  Fold in cranberries, pistachios and almonds.  (You can use electric  mixer or kneed them yourself)
  • Transfer the dough onto a flat surface and divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Shape into logs about 20cm long and 3cm thick. Place the logs on a baking sheet about 5 cm apart. Lightly moist your hands in water if the dough is sticky to help you shape into logs.
  • Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes or until light golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cut the cooled biscotti’s into 2 cm slices, on the diagonal and place back on the baking sheet. Then place back in oven for 5 minutes at 300 degrees.
  • Remove and cool completely.
  • Melt 1 cup of chopped semi-sweet or dark chocolate and 1 teaspoon of vegetable shortening in a small metal bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering hot water.
  • Line a sheet with parchment paper. Remove melted chocolate from heat and dip the bottom end of the biscotti’s into the melted chocolate. Place on parchment paper and cool in the fridge for ½ hour before serving with your favorite cup of coffee or tea.

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