Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cran-Pistachio Biscotti

Who doesn't love biscotti with their morning coffee or tea? My parents sure love it. I made them some of this biscotti at the holidays. You probably think making biscotti is difficult, but it's really not. You just have to bake them twice, which is what biscotti means. First you form the dough into a log and bake and then after the log cools you cut slices and bake those again. This recipe originates from Giada De Laurentiis. You could melt white chocolate and dip half the finished biscotti into the chocolate, but I have done it before and it is really a pain in the ass, so I skipped it this time.

What You'll Need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
2/3 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in the pistachios and cranberries.

Form the dough into a 13-inch long, 3-inch wide log on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake until light golden, about 40 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.

Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool completely.

The biscotti can be made ahead. Store them in an airtight container up to 4 days, or wrap them in foil and freeze in resealable plastic bags up to 3 weeks.

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