Dec 102012
 

Biscotti has its origin from Italy and derives the meaning twice baked/cooked biscuits or coffee breads. They are baked twice to get a dry texture so that they can be stored for long periods of time. Now, don’t get your hopes too high as they vanish with a blink of an eye. But don’t skip baking them twice as it gives that wonderful crunch you’ll need for a good biscotti. I used Giada’s recipe and with few minor changes and substitution I was doing a happy dance with the outcome of these biscotti.

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I used mint chocolate for dipping the biscotti and sprinkled with holiday sprinkles. They make a perfect companion for coffee/tea and with the ingredients given in this recipe there is just no way you can go wrong with this recipe. The biscotti had a crunch at the same time they didn’t test the strength of my teeth. The combination of almonds and dried cranberries were so good and the peppermint chocolate gave a burst of fresh taste. Try it for yourself, you’ll be amazed!

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Mix all purpose flour and baking powder, sift and keep aside. Using a electric mixer beat sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt.

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Beat eggs one at a time. Add flour mixture and beat until just blended. Add crushed almonds, and dried cranberries. Mix well to form a soft dough.

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Shape the dough into a 13 inch by 3 inch long log on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in 350F pre-heated oven for about 30 to 40 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes. Using a sharp serrated knife cut the log into 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch wide slices. Place the slices back on the baking sheet with cut side down. Bake for another 20 minutes flipping sides half way through the baking process. Remove from oven, cool completely on wire rack. For topping, melt any kind of chocolate on a heat proof bowl set over a pot of boiling water. Dip the biscotti in melted chocolate. Sprinkle any kind of sprinkles, sugar crystals, or nuts of your choice. Set aside for the chocolate to firm. Enjoy!!!

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Almond and Cranberry Biscotti

Ingredients

  • All purpose flour -- 2 cups
  • Baking Powder -- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar -- 3/4 cup
  • Unsalted Butter (room temperature) -- 1/2 cup (1 stick)
  • Grated Lemon Zest -- 1 tsp
  • Salt -- 1/4 tsp
  • Large Eggs -- 2
  • Crushed Roasted Almonds --- 3/4 cup
  • Dried Cranberries -- 2/3 cup
  • Peppermint Chocolate or any kind of chocolate -- 12 ounces
  • Sugar Crystals or Sprinkles of your choice -- for topping

Instructions

  1. Mix all purpose flour and baking powder, sift and keep aside. Using a electric mixer beat sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt.
  2. Beat eggs one at a time. Add flour mixture and beat until just blended. Add crushed almonds, and dried cranberries. Mix well to form a soft dough.
  3. Shape the dough into a 13 inch by 3 inch long log on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in 350 F preheated oven for about 30 to 40 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.
  4. Using a sharp serrated knife cut the log into 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch wide slices. Place the slices back on the baking sheet with cut side down. Bake for another 20 minutes flipping the biscotti half way through the baking process. Remove from oven, cool completely on wire rack.
  5. For topping, melt any kind of chocolate on a heat proof bowl set over a pot of boiling water. Dip the biscotti in melted chocolate. Sprinkle any kind of sprinkles, sugar crystals, or nuts of your choice. Set aside for the chocolate to firm. Enjoy!!!
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  18 Responses to “Almond and Cranberry Biscotti”

  1. Somehow the thought of making biscottis petrify me.. but i guess i ve found the inspiration

  2. Biscotti looks absolutely stunning, brings out the festive mood.

  3. Looks so festive. If you give me some I will join you in your happy dance.;) Then you will give me some to stop.:)

  4. Looks very attractive with those sprinklers, perfectly baked n very well presented.n now I need to say WOW :))

  5. pictures are very beautiful.n biscuits looks simply superb…I know this tastes awesum…
    BTW If gets sumtime plz visit my space n check out my new FB page dear..Thankx in advance…..
    Maha

  6. wow they turned out perfect… i have always loved biscotti and do want tottry making this one

  7. They look fabulous. Once I tried a eggless recipe and it was flop.
    BTW, many of the picture links are not working.

  8. Oh wow these look so festive…I’ve made some biscotti too…let’s see when I post them!

  9. Wow… love the way u have dipped in coffee and decorated with sprinkles!!! – very thoughtful and so out of the box!!! so delicious and so tempting!!!
    Sowmya
    Ongoing Event – Let’s Party – Eggless Bakes and Treats
    Ongoing Event – SYF & HWS – Ginger

  10. I love this recipe… too tempting and mouthwatering
    Especially i love ur snowman cup

  11. Looks very festive, stunning pics…biscotti are my kids fav n this combo sounds so yummm….nicely shaped, too good Jayanthi !!

  12. love the way you decorated them…perfect for the holidays.

  13. I was drooling over those sugar cookies from the previous post and this looks eve more festive. Loved the first click…

  14. Colorful and tempting biscottis.. Perfect for the season..

  15. Looks awesome Jayanthi..I am planning to make something eggless..let me see if I end up making it..

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