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Fruity Christmas biscotti

Fruity biscotti

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(117 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Easy

Makes about 72 biscuits
The perfect make-ahead gift, these will keep for up to a month after baking and look really impressive

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen part-baked and sliced

Nutrition per biscuit

  • kcalories50
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.06g
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Ingredients

  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 2 tsp baking powder

    Baking powder

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  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 egg, beaten

    Egg

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  • coarsely grated zest 1 orange

    Orange

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  • 85g raisin
  • 85g dried cherry

    Cherry

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    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • 50g blanched almond
  • 50g shelled pistachio

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper. Put the flour, baking powder, spice and sugar in a large bowl, then mix well. Stir in the eggs and zest until the mixture starts forming clumps, then bring the dough together with your hands – it will seem dry at first but keep kneading until no floury patches remain. Add the fruit and nuts, then work them in until evenly distributed.

  2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into 4 pieces. With lightly floured hands, roll each piece into a sausage about 30cm long. Place 2 on each tray, well spaced apart. Bake for 25-30 mins until the dough has risen and spread and feels firm. It should still look pale. Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack for a few mins until cool enough to handle, then turn down the oven to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1.

  3. Using a bread knife, cut into slices about 1cm thick on the diagonal, then lay the slices flat on the baking sheets. The biscuits can be cooled and frozen flat on the sheet at this point, then bagged and frozen for up to 2 months. Bake for another 15 mins (20 mins if from frozen), turn over, then bake again for another 15 mins until dry and golden. Tip onto a wire rack to cool completely, then store in an airtight tin for up to one month, or pack into boxes or cellophane bags if giving as gifts straightaway.

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Comments (164)

stevehayle's picture

There is no fat in the recipe because there isn't supposed to be any in the recipe!
They are hard and dry because they are meant to be dunked into Vin Santo, an amber coloured Italian dessert wine.

cornishpinky's picture

Made these last Christmas as gifts, went down so well think I'll have to do them every year now!

suzlovescake's picture
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I also used cranberries in this recipe rather than cherries as some have suggested - it made for a more Christmasy feel to the recipe. It seemed quite strange at first as the dough was very sticky and I thought there was no way it would come together but it did in the end so rest assured! Very tasty and think these will become a regular at home as they keep for so long.

alexrockett's picture

Fab recipe, tasted gorgeous. Made the house smell all Christmassy too!

eliraud's picture
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I first made this recipe 3 years ago as an alternative Christmassy rusk for my grandson. I have acquired two more grand-children since then and the recipe has now become a family favourite at Christmas. The adults seem equally fond of these delicious biscuits and sometimes we eat them the italian way by dunking them in a sweet wine like sherry. Utterly scrumptious!!

annewhittaker's picture
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Really good recipe, easy to do but I always find I need extra flour else the mixture is just too sticky. I also add extra fruit, about 100g - mixture of dried cranberries and cherries and double the amount of mixed spice. I toast the almonds whole too before adding them to the mixture and it adds a lovely roasted-nut flavour and have a better bite. They're very popular and a satisfying bake! A good recipe to mess around with too and try your own spin on using different ingredients, I'm going to try a mixed nut one next.

3baggaleyz's picture
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Try soaking the raisins in amaretto - absolutely deliciuos

mooniegray's picture
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Made a couple of batches over Christmas, some for us and some for prezzies.. went down a storm.

elsabrooks's picture
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Easy to make and everyone loved them. I used sour cherries as that is all i could find, they added a nice zing to the biscuits. I will be making these again!

elsabrooks's picture
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Easy to make and everyone loved them. I used sour cherries as that is all i could find, they added a nice zing to the biscuits. I will be making these again!

mistysocks's picture

Decided to make these this afternoon, very successful and delicious. Also used cranberries instead of the cherries and didn't include the almonds but added extra cranberries and raisins. Next year I will make earlier and present them in bags to give out to friends.

melaniejulia's picture
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I omitted the fruit and replaced with roughly chopped, unsalted mixed nuts; I also added a glug of good quality vanilla extract and Valencia Orange extract (Sainsbury's Taste the Difference range). They smell and taste delicious, I will definitely make these again as they are so easy and look and taste authentic.

joannepd's picture
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Made these with dried sweetened cranberries as i couldn't find dried cherries. They look lovely and are very tasty. Will definiteley make again.

fairyprincesska's picture

I had to swap the golden caster sugar for normal caster sugar; someone else said this didn't make a difference, but I found that they taste far too sweet. The biscotti look exactly like the picture above, and the recipe was easy to follow, but i can almost taste the sugar in them, I have a sweet tooth, but they're too sweet for me:-(

tracymclennan's picture
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I love this recipe, regularly make but vary the quantities of fruit and nuts adding in extra ingredients that I have in the store cupboard as I feel like it. I add a little bit of fresh orange juice to the mix when I make the dough and it makes it taste really fresh when its baked.

saratresadern's picture
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This is the third year I've made these and they never fail me. They are easy to make and it smells like Christmas is really here. I have tried all sorts of different combinations of fruit and nuts and they all work, so it's a good recipe for using up bits that you have left in the cupboard. Mine never need the whole of the second bake, 5 mins is enough in my oven otherwise you'd break your teeth on them.

sltanl's picture
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Have never done biscotti before and not being a great cook/baker...this is really fool proof! The steps look tedious but is not really and the results are really amazing biscotti! I won't be buying anymore biscotti from the shops anymore!

clairesp10's picture
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Look impressive and easy to make. Taste great, particularly when dunked in a glass of Marsala. Couldn't find dried cherries so I used dried apricots which worked well.

chocolatebuffaloe's picture

Yet again, a Christmas winner. I made them for a friend who swore they were better than his Italian mother's and proved it by finishing off almost a plate of them after a 3 course meal. A fabulous recipe! Only thing I changed was swapping the cherries for Cranberries. Enjoy!

katiebox's picture
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I baked these for the first time this weekend and brought them into work as a christmas treat for my work colleagues. They all loved them, and some of them even requested the recipe!
I changed the fruit to Cadbury Chocolate chunks and they worked excellently.
Really pleased, will defo make again!

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