Fruity Christmas biscotti

Fruity biscotti

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr


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

  • kcal50
  • fat1g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.06g
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  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 2 tsp baking powder
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  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 egg, beaten



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  • coarsely grated zest 1 orange



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  • 85g raisin
  • 85g dried cherry



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  • 50g blanched almond
  • 50g shelled pistachio


  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 (165)

blulou's picture

Why have I never made biscotti before? Probably because I would just eat them ALL, fab recipe and I gave the majority away only eating the 'scrag-ends'. They looked really great too which is helpful when its a gift. Next time I'll just be giving away half.

lurvlyloz's picture

gave my hampers at christmas & the biscotti went down a storm! have had demands to make more :)

elainegrima's picture

made these just now. I followed the recipe to the book and they turned out amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! so happy.

happyhens15's picture

Great easy recipe! 11 year old daughter made these without much help. Dont take 'sausages' out of oven too soon, as difficult to cut and take ages to crisp at second stage! Also found large straight knife easier to cut them than bread knife, less tearing the dough and nuts.

laurenhopeevans's picture

My very first grown-up solo baking attempt! Surprisingly professional results, these are incredibly tasty and will make top Xmas gifts - if they make it into the boxes that is!

Boyfriend v happy at Xmas smell throughout house too!

rchierapaul's picture

A really easy and tasty recipe! I used dried cranberries instead of cherries, and used 3 medium eggs which worked well. I will be giving some away as christmas gifts wrapped in celophane, and will be making these again!

patrisia's picture

Don't know what I did wrong but the dough was very sticky, I had to use quite a lot of flour to handle it - maybe because I used large eggs?
The 'logs' didn't rise at all well and stayed moist in the middle, though tasted fantastic.
Any suggestions?

franceswilliams2's picture

Also used cranberries. YUM! What fab, easy biscotti. They're just perfect for my xmas hampers. Would def make again.

Londongirly's picture

Made these for christmas gifts and they've gone down a treat! Someone even said I should sell them! Swapped the cherries for dried cranberries as I prefer them and also I thought they were more christmassy! Am glad I bought enough ingredients to make double the recipe as I'll be making them again this weekend! Thanks Good Food - loved this recipe!

annethered's picture

Made these a week or two ago and have just given them their second baking from the freezer for some Christmas hampers. All I can say is I'd better bag them up quickly or there will be none to give away. I will NEVER buy any again. So easy and SO delicious!!

mother_ship's picture

I've just made another batch using all almonds and big chunks of 70% chocolate, the chocolate made them a bit hard to handle but the result is definitely worth it! That's my kid's teachers sorted for Xmas presents :-)

lurvlyloz's picture

I made these for my christmas hampers. they looks fab. i don't know what they taste liek im afraid as i dont eat nuts. but they smelt very christmassy & were easy to make and look exactly like the photo.

amyratty's picture

Made these last night using a mixture of dates, fresh cranberries, almonds and crystallized ginger (i.e. what I happened to have in the cupboard and felt Christmassy!). The mixture tasted divine but next time I'll bake only 5 or 10 minutes each side on the second baking as they were jaw-breakingly tough! Really tasty though, and popular with my housemates and hopefully family at Christmas!

mother_ship's picture

Made a batch of these for the school christmas bazaar tomorrow, they are very tasty, I'm sure they'll sell well.
Looking at the bottle Tesco's Ground mixed spice is a mix of cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, clove, pimento and ginger, I didn't know about the coriander and pimento!

bexter129's picture

Hi, would I be able to cut the dough into shapes and then bake in a kind of biscotti/cookie sylee? Any suggestions? Thanks

lizzielawson's picture

mixed spice is found in a jar - combination of ground cinammon, ginger, star annise and probably cloves... not sure exactly what's in there.. but it's called Mixed Spice

kittydowner's picture

It's quite yummy. A lot easier to make than another recipe that I tried. I think I used too much nuts and dried fruits so it all got a bit too crumbly when slicing. It tastes good but not the wow type.

mscelery's picture

About mixed spice. Can you please advise what exactly this is? This is unknown in the country where I live. Thanks a lot!

holland1's picture

Absolutely brilliant. I felt so professional when I baked these! I used cranberries and almonds which worked well and not too sweet. This recipe makes loads - but they get eaten very quickly! I only used 1 tsp of mixed spice which is enough for a subtle flavour. I suppose a couple of drops of almond essence would be good if you really love a rich almond flavour.

dorsetlover's picture

You can buy a packet of mixed spices at any supermarket.


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