Fruity Christmas biscotti

Fruity biscotti

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(126 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

  • kcal50
  • 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 eggs, beaten
    Eggs

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  • coarsely grated zest 1 orange
    Orange

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  • 85g raisin
  • 85g dried cherry
    Cherry

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  • 50g blanched almond
  • 50g shelled pistachio

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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gerardinem
21st Dec, 2012
Excellent biscotti. I added fresh dates. I hae made a second batch to give as Christmas pressies!
prisca1985
16th Dec, 2012
5.05
Brilliant!! Just made these!! Smell amazing, so easy to make, I used cranberries instead of cherries too and they are just so delicious! Can't wait to give them as presents in hampers for christmas! x
gabrielabrach2
14th Dec, 2012
5.05
they're just beautiful, i made the 'sausages' a bit too thick and biscuits came out quite long but still lovely.
sandra25
11th Dec, 2012
5.05
I just made a batch of these to give as presents and having tried one, it is tempting to keep them! As suggested I substituted cranberries for cherries. I think these will become a Christmas favourite.
pmaskell
7th Dec, 2012
5.05
Oh my goodness! I have just made a batch of these to give as presents to friends, family and the children's teachers. They are splendid. Taste beautiful and look really impressive! I had no mixed spice, but simple added a teaspoon each of ginger and cinnamon instead. Also had some dried cranberries left over from another recipe, so used them instead of the cherries. GORGEOUS!
bmowe1
2nd Dec, 2012
5.05
I made these in readiness for Christmas gifts. I used pale caster sugar as that's all we had, and glace cherries that I had left over from a different recipe. The end result is still superb! Very easy to make and very tasty (I obviously didn't know what else to do with the ends of each roll, once I'd sliced them). Highly recommended!
mscupcake
29th Nov, 2012
5.05
Wow! Dead easy to make and lovely and crunchy, just how biscotti should be. Simple to make changes too. Can't quite see why you make the dough and then add the fruit/nuts; I added it all together and it seemed easier to distribute evenly........... Definitely will be making again.
amyfleurphillips
28th Nov, 2012
5.05
I make these very year - they are delicious! They are rock hard, but great dipped in tea. Fun to make and look/taste great!
kypnut
28th Nov, 2012
5.05
easy to make, and everyone loved it didn't even make it to the tin,am going to make for a cake sale and put in Christmas bags,
caveywavey
27th Nov, 2012
5.05
Really easy recipe...I didn't have all the relevant fruit/nuts in the right combination but did have a bag of mixed dried fruit and nuts from the supermarket and it came out a treat!

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