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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bernadette77's picture

These turned out very well, although I got into a bit of a mess with the mixture!! I used cranberries as suggested. My oven cooks really quickly, and I found they were quite hard after the first cooking. So I left them as they were and they turned out fine. I didn't want them to be rock hard. I have put them in Christmas cellophane bags tied with red ribbon for friends. Does anyone know how long they should last?

katearbutler's picture
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Lovely with cranberries and white chocolate!

mcgillic's picture
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I made these for the first time at the weekend. I found that the mixture was too wet and I ended up adding quite a lot more flour to get a usable dough. I added orange and almond flavoured dark chocolate, omitting the dried fruit. They taste really good and I'll be making some more to give away as Christmas presents.

ginahill's picture
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Great receipe. Requires a bit of energy (I think!) but worth it as they taste really good and look professional. Great Xmas present.

pink-apples21's picture
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These are delicious and really easy. I used crystallized ginger, cranberries and dark chocolate instead. They tasted great, and disappeared pretty quickly. Will definitely make again!

cabala's picture

I TO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHEN YOU FROZE IT DID YOU BAKE IT THEN FREEZE IT OR FREEZE THEN BAKE LIKE RECIPE SAYS PLEASE CAN SOMEONE TELLME THANK YOU

ancalumei's picture
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A favorite treat! I'm making it without pistachio (unsalted one is very expensive) by doubling up the almonds. I also love to add an extra tsp ground cardamom because it matches better with coffee.

beccy_marie's picture

For those of you that froze it how long did you bake before putting it in the freezer and how long did you bake after? Did you slice after second baking?

missyali's picture

i love this recipe and never tire of cooking these up. Perfect for gifts. I only seem to get about 50 biscuits out of this though I guess my slices are a little thick but I find it hard to slice them thin with all the whole nuts inside. No ones complaining though!

hootiemcboob's picture
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Made these for my daughters teachers last christmas and they were hugely popular. One of my daughters teachers, who is Italian was wowed and asked for the recipe!

A great idea for a gift, that was made with love by me and my daughter.

Huge thumbs up!

mmmmmmmmmmlekker's picture
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Thay're also nice as birthdaygift, or just for yourself with tea or coffee. I love them, easy to make and the house smells great and all these fruits and nuts in them, great!!

mmmmmmmmmmlekker's picture
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I have made them several times now and I just love them. I just don't want to give them away (but I do ofcourse), perfect birthdaygift as well. Lovely with a cup of tea or coffee.

leppie's picture
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Really easy and fun to make, and so many people enjoyed it, I will have to make some every year now! I bought the bags from Lakeland and made it into Christmas gifts for friends. Would also be a good thing to make and sell at Christmas fayres.

izysticklee's picture
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Makes a LOT of biscotti, but tasted great.

lec_cocoloco's picture
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Very easy to make but fantastic results!
I used dried cranberries, macadamia nuts, almonds and white chocolate chips, turned out great.

emsmith's picture
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I made these as part of a hamper for my in-laws and am so glad I made too many. They're delicious and so easy to make! Was a little worried that they would crumble to pieces when sliced but they held together beautifully. I used cranberries instead of cherries too and those, coupled with the pistachio kernels, gave the biscotti a gorgeous (and most Italian) red, white and green colour scheme. So I plan on dunking mine in some Vin Santo on Christmas Eve. Salute!

lycora's picture
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Very easy to make and very tasty. Recipe is simple to vary (i used cranberries too) and you could even divide the basic dough in half and put different fruit/nuts/choc into each half as you end up with loads of 'em!

carolinedownes's picture
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Really easy and good (watch your teeth) I passed them around various people I work with and they were all impressed.

kittykat84's picture
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Have just made these to go in my Christmas hampers and they are amazing, I've made sure that I've got some left over for us :) Like others I have swapped the cherries for cranberries for a slightly more Christmassy fee. Will definitely make these again.

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