Friday, December 19, 2014
I love baking and giving edible gifts and my Biscotti recipe is quick and easy to do. I found it in a magazine years ago and saved it. I have tried various combinations of fruit, nuts and chocolate chips so you can make them what someone likes.
Don't be put of f by the length of the instructions once you have read them and are doing it you will soon see it is really easy.
Pistachio and Apricot Biscotti
200g (7oz) caster sugar Remove 2 tsp and set aside
100g (3.5 oz) Shelled Pistachios
100g (3.5oz) chopped dried apricots
Zest of 1 Orange
Juice of half an orange
1 tsp baking powder
250g ( 9oz) Plain flour ( all purpose) Remove 2 tbsp and set aside
2 eggs beaten
1 tbsp skimmed milk
Preheat oven to gas mark5/ 190C/ 375F
You will need 2 non stick baking trays
1) In a large bowl add sugar, pistachios, apricots, orange zest, baking powder and flour and mix well.
2) Add beaten egg and orange juice mix to a soft dough. Sprinkle the reserved flour onto work surface and divide dough into 4 pieces.
3) Roll each quarter of the dough in the flour to form a sausage shape roughly 10 inches long and 1.5 inches thick. Place on non stick baking tray. Repeat this will the rest of the dough place two rolls on each tray.
4) Brush them with the milk and sprinkle on the reserved sugar that you set aside. Bake in the oven for 15- 20 minutes.
5) Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to gas mark2/150C/300F. Allow the biscotti to cool enough so you can handle them and cut each one with a serrated knife into 12 pieces about half inch thick. Return the slices to the baking trays and bake for a futrger 15 minutes until lightly golden. Remove and leave to get cold.
Variations using the same weights for the pistachios and apricots:
Try adding White chocolate chips and dried Cranberries
Replace pistachios for Chocolate chips and add apricots
Dried cherries and almonds
I have used this recipe for years and it always works vary the fruit and nuts to suit your needs and tastes. A quick easy home-made gift that is sure to please.
Pop them into some bags or an airtight container. Kiln jars tied with red ribbon round the top with a homemade label make a nice container and a useful jar when it is empty, add a card and hey presto one edible and practical gift.
The cost of biscotti in the shops is crazy you can make double the amount for a fraction of the price and they are tailored to what you or the recipient likes.