These are soooo good! After a couple of years tinkering with my recipe, this incarnation is the best I've come up with. The flecks of bright red, tart dried cranberries and green chunks of pistachio nuts make this a very festive treat for Christmas holidays. Highly recommended with a cup of hot chocolate. I hope you will give them a try and enjoy!
Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti --makes 12 cookies
- 2 large eggs
- 1/4 cup of soy, canola or other neutral-flavor oil
- 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup pistachio nuts--roughly chopped
Pre-heat oven to 150°C/300°F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper, set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat together the egg, oil, vanilla and sugar. In a smaller bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, blending well. Stir in the cranberries and pistachios. Dough will be very sticky. With floured hands, form the dough into a log-shape on the parchment-lined baking tray--shaping it to approximately 2 inches wide x 112 inches long (5cm x 30cm). Bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes. Then cut the log-shape into roughly 3/4-inch thick slices (2cm). Lay the cookie slices out on the bake tray with cut side down. Bake 8-10 minutes more until the center of cookie slices are dry. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container. (TIP: Toss nuts and cranberries in 1-2 teaspoons of flour before stirring into the dough--this will prevent them from clumping in patches in the dough or "sinking". If your pistachios are salted, omit the salt from the recipe.)
This will be the last Foodie Friday for a while. It has been a weekly post I've looked forward to all during this month, so I'll very likely revive it again in future. And from time to time in between share a recipe just for fun.
Thank you for joining me this week of celebration and cheer. And there will be more next week. On Monday I will announce the giveaway winner. If you've not signed up yet for my Gift of Thanks Gift Giveaway, it's not too late!
This weekend we'll be getting some Christmas preparations under way. And I hope to be holed-up in my craft room on Sunday... more soon on what's been brewing in the way of crafts & creating. Many thanks to you all for your encouragement and sharing on my post on dreams earlier this week. Wishing all you dear family & friends a wonderful weekend ahead! Eat, drink and be merry! :o)
P.S. From now until Friday 11th of December I'm having a big Holiday Clearance SALE at my Etsy shop! It's a shop-wide sale with 50-70% off my entire stock of accessories. Everything is on SALE!! Considering an order? Please be sure to order by 11th December so I can guarantee delivery in time for Christmas holidays.
AND... if you're still in a shopping mood, and better still, wanting to help others, please stop by my friend Clara's Etsy shop where she has on offer her very special Sunshine Bracelets. A portion of proceeds of sales from her bracelets help to raise funds for families who lost their homes to a devastating flood in the Philippines recently. Clara writes the very stylish craft and lifestyle blog, Bloomize. If you've not met her before please stop by and say hello, and you can view some of the Sunshine bracelets at her blog. I'm off to go order now and help!