Christmas is a week away and I am sure this weekend you will be busy with last minute baking (and shopping!).
It’s going to be madness out there if you are out shopping, but in the kitchen, you can control the madness if you choose a few great recipes to make, for example, this amazing cranberry and pistachio biscotti that is sure to please.
The original recipe came from Food 4 Tots.
First of all, the combinations are just brilliant.
First, you have the colorful dried cranberry, and secondly, pistachio. Pistachio, I mean, how can anything be wrong when it has loads of pistachio in it?
Every bite of this crunchy and crispy biscotti is bursting with the nutty flavors of the pistachio and the fruity nuance from the cranberry.
I simply love them.
The best way to enjoy is with your favorite cup of coffee, sipping your coffee, having a conversation and then take a bite of the amazing biscotti.
After all, holiday season is about spending good quality time with your family and loved ones, so make sure you get the ingredients this weekend and bake this Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti.
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Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti Recipe
Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti – crunchy and amazing biscotti loaded with cranberry and pistachio. Easy recipe that you can make at home this holiday season.
- 1 cup all purpose flour (150 g)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 large egg, at room temperature (about 70g)
- 1/3 cup fine sugar (70 g)
- Pinch of salt
- 60 g 1/2 cup pistachios
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries (50 g)
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract more or less (optional)
- Grated orange zest from 1 medium orange
Rehydrate cranberries – put in a plastic bag, pour water inside and immediately pour it out retaining some. Leave at room temperature for at least 2-3 hours or overnight. Before using, remove cranberries from the bag and pat dry with kitchen towel. (I placed dry cranberries together with ¼ cup of water in a mug, microwaved for 30 seconds, drained and pat dry, set aside)
Rinse pistachios lightly. Pat dry with kitchen towel. (This step is optional) Roast pistachios in a preheated oven for 2-3 minutes at 160°C. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine flour and baking powder and sieve. Add in orange zest and mix well. Use finger tips to break the lumps if any.
In another bowl, beat the egg lightly with a hand whisk or electrical mixer. Then add in sugar and salt. Beat until the mixture is fluffy and pale. Add in vanilla extract (if used) and mix.
Add in flour and baking powder. Use a plastic scraper to mix all the ingredients until well combined. You can use technique such as cut, press and scrape to mix.
Then add in the pistachios and cranberries. Mix until well combined and form a dough. At this stage, the dough is quite sticky. So, dust your hands and counter top with more flours before proceeding to the next step.
Transfer the dough to a floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal portions, roll into log shapes (20cm length x 5cm width x 2cm thickness) and then flatten slightly.
Place the logs on a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper. Transfer the tray to oven, place at the lower rack and bake at 160°C for 30 minutes or until well risen and firm.
If your logs show uneven colour, rotate them at 180 degree towards the last 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
When the logs are cooled, use serrated knife to cut it diagonally into thin slices (0.8cm thickness or lesser). Arrange slices on the lined baking tray, transfer to oven, place at the lowest rack and bake for a further 150°c for 12 minutes (6 minutes for each side) or until slightly golden brown.
Cool on rack and keep in an air-tight container for several weeks.
1. Dried cranberries can substituted with dried cherries. 2. You can substitute pistachios with other nuts (such almonds) or dried cranberries. 3. After keeping the biscotti for some time, they may turn soft. To crisp them, bake in a preheated oven at 150°c for 5-10 minutes.