Fruity Christmas biscotti

Fruity Christmas biscotti

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Can be frozen part-baked and sliced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per biscuit

kcalories
50
protein
1g
carbs
9g
fat
1g
saturates
0g
fibre
0g
sugar
6g
salt
0.06g

Ingredients

  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • coarsely grated zest 1 orange
  • 85g raisins
  • 85g dried cherries
  • 50g blanched almonds
  • 50g shelled pistachios

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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2008

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poundsandounces's picture

Made this at the weekend, used cranberries instead of cherries, turned out really well. Will be making again.

hvroberts's picture

I have made these the last 2 Christmasses and given as gifts...will be doing the same again this year. Easy to make, taste great and look impressive :-)

sharkette63's picture
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Made this recipe twice now and although it can be a bit fiddly it is so worth it. I added a couple of drops of almond essence and a handful of dried cranberries, both of which added to the deliciousness. This is now a favourite of mine to make for presents- my Mum refuses to buy biscotti anymore as she says theres no comparison :) biscuitsandblackites.blogspot.com

simoningman's picture
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I found this recipe needed a lot more flour than recommended as the dough was very wet & sticky - keep more available close to hand.

wendyr0239's picture
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I made these for Christmas gifts and have been asked for repeat presents! I have made them several times since. I followed the recipe exactly and this gave me a decent looking biscotti which tasted really fruity. They are perfect served with strong coffee to dip them into or just as they are. I gave these biscuits in little gifts boxes with tissue paper surrounding them to make sure they didn't break up. I have also made the almond and chocolate biscotti recipe also on this site and these really complement each other. (http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4988/double-chocolate-almond-biscotti )

ymthomas's picture
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Made these last night - very easy and delicious! Pretty and festive. Did not have raisins but added more cherries (which our family prefer anyway). Great recipe to do with kids as my 5 year old was very happy to get her hands mucky kneading the dough. Have put into pretty tins for gifts. A keeper!

territalbott's picture

Found some pretty jars and Christmas ribbon - went down a treat as gifts for work!

muccapazza's picture
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Taste fantastic - Excellent recipe for a beginner as I hadn't made these before. Didn't make as many as it said though - It only made 48 (maybe I cut them bigger but did as recipe said). Used mixed fruits instead of raisins and clementine rind instead of orange but only because this is what I had in already!

davmagnolia's picture
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These are really enjoyable to make and so so tasty dipped in coffee..especially a festive brandy coffee! Made these a few days before Christmas with cranberries instead of cherries & flaked almonds. Giving the rest away as a gift but planning on making another batch with chunkier almonds today!

kittycakeday's picture

This is such a great recipe...you can swop the fruit and nuts for any type. I make these and sell them to my local cinema - they have a really long shelf life and look great too!

abi_2505's picture
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I made these to send as Christmas gifts - very easy and satisfying to make and produced a lovely Christmassy smell from the oven! I didn't turn the biscotti over in the second round of cooking - I baked for 20 mins on just one side and found this to be sufficient. I also substituted the cherries and almonds/pistachios for dried cranberries and macadamia nuts instead. Tip: I found that buying a mixed snack pack of cranberries/macadamia (in Sainsburys) was significantly cheaper than buying the individual ingredients in the home baking section.

duffer79's picture
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I made these yesterday for my Christmas hampers, I used dried cranberries instead as could not find dried cherries...
Really easy to make & delicious!! Will be making them again.

taybrod's picture

Made them yesterday,they are going very quickly and I can see myself making them on a regular basis.

hphillips's picture

delicious and very easy. i am making them as little presents for my book club christmas party!

nikkiecooke22's picture
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Make these every year and every year they get better and better, love this recipe makes a fantastic gift for all :)

ruby-tuesday's picture

I attempted to make my own mixed spice with cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger and all spice- dont do it! the mix taste horrific!

claudia_luna's picture
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Lovely! I've just baked 1/3 of the recipe as a test and it worked pretty well! I'll bake more next week for my xmas presents. I also changed the cherries for dry cranberries and broke a little bit the pistchaios and almonds.

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Sorry, forgot to rate!

dizzybrunettegirl's picture
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Just made these this morning as thinking about using them as presents for friends - I'm not an experienced cook but these were easy, and they came out looking so professional - I have eaten biscotti in restaurants and these tasted just the same except more Christmasy because of the fruit and spices. Also made mine with cranberries, and I didn't have any mixed spice in so improvised with fresh grated nutmeg (I only had whole nutmegs), ground ginger, ground cinnamon, cayenne pepper and some crushed up cloves which still worked really well.

As this was just a trial run and it needed 3 eggs I couldn't halve it but instead made a third, just using 1 egg, which worked out just fine.

brikat98's picture
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This is a really simple and easy biscotti recipe. I blitzed the dough in my Magimix on pulse until it started coming together, then turned in out into a mixing bowl to knead in the fruit and nuts. Made two batches in less than an hour! I did use dried cranberries instead of cherries, but were lovely. I averaged about 68 biscotti from each batch rather than the 72 quoted. Will be giving these away as teacher's gifts at the end of term!

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