These just "feel" like the holidays to me...I have posted them before, but they are worth posting again. This recipe is from my friend Ernie...one of the best bakers I know. I have not even uploaded my Thanksgiving pics yet and here it is almost Chanukah and Christmas. Life flies by...but that is ok with me. Cranberry/Pistachio Biscotti 3 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temp.
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
grated zest of 1 orange
1/2 teaspoon orange oil (I sometimes use King Arthur's Fiori de Sicilia, which is a blend of citrus and vanilla, or just vanilla extract instead of the orange oil)
1 cup shelled pistachios
1 cup dried cranberries
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees(F.) Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk the dry ingredients.
3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then beat in the orange zest and orange oil.
4. With mixer on low speed, gradually stir in the flour mixture until smooth, then stir in the pistachios and cranberries.
5. Divide the dough into thirds. Shape each piece into a 12 inch log. Place two logs on one sheet(apart) and the other in the middle of the other cookie sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes, until the logs turn a light golden color and are somewhat firm to the touch. Remove from the oven to a cooling rack and reduce oven to 300 degrees.
Let cool about 15 minutes, then using a serrated knife, slice diagonally into 1/2 inch slices. Place upright on cookie sheets and bake for about 20 minutes, until dry and lightly golden. Let cool on rack, enjoy!
Makes about 3-4 dozen biscotti Though it is not necessary at all....I sometimes gild the lily and drizzle some melted white chocolate over these babies. The recipe makes a lot and they disappear very quickly...
I want to wish each and every one of you a most magical holiday season....