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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lurvlyloz's picture
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

malenebjertrup's picture

Just a quick question. What kind of spices did you use? It just says "mixed spices" in the recipe..

alumer's picture
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Great recipe - very easy and quick - all store cupboard ingredients. I substituted the dried fruit for chocolate chips and had them at the end of a dinner party - they went down a storm!

lurvlyloz's picture
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made these this monrning & put them in the freezer for christmad hampers. made my house smell christmasy. very easy too make & looked exactly like the picture. not sur eof the taste as i dont eat nuts but looked great

amp1043's picture
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Great recipe! I halved the quantities (half of 3 eggs???) and made about 35 slices. I used a mixture of cranberries, blueberries, cherries and raisins and was more than happy with the result. Will definitely make again.

cherub_rock101's picture
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I substituted the cherries for dried cranberries and they went down really well. Tasty and very easy to make!

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