Fruity Christmas biscotti

Fruity biscotti

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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 egg, 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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melaniejulia
24th Dec, 2011
5.05
I omitted the fruit and replaced with roughly chopped, unsalted mixed nuts; I also added a glug of good quality vanilla extract and Valencia Orange extract (Sainsbury's Taste the Difference range). They smell and taste delicious, I will definitely make these again as they are so easy and look and taste authentic.
joannepd
23rd Dec, 2011
5.05
Made these with dried sweetened cranberries as i couldn't find dried cherries. They look lovely and are very tasty. Will definiteley make again.
fairyprincesska
22nd Dec, 2011
I had to swap the golden caster sugar for normal caster sugar; someone else said this didn't make a difference, but I found that they taste far too sweet. The biscotti look exactly like the picture above, and the recipe was easy to follow, but i can almost taste the sugar in them, I have a sweet tooth, but they're too sweet for me:-(
tracymclennan
21st Dec, 2011
5.05
I love this recipe, regularly make but vary the quantities of fruit and nuts adding in extra ingredients that I have in the store cupboard as I feel like it. I add a little bit of fresh orange juice to the mix when I make the dough and it makes it taste really fresh when its baked.
saratres
20th Dec, 2011
5.05
This is the third year I've made these and they never fail me. They are easy to make and it smells like Christmas is really here. I have tried all sorts of different combinations of fruit and nuts and they all work, so it's a good recipe for using up bits that you have left in the cupboard. Mine never need the whole of the second bake, 5 mins is enough in my oven otherwise you'd break your teeth on them.
sltanl
19th Dec, 2011
5.05
Have never done biscotti before and not being a great cook/baker...this is really fool proof! The steps look tedious but is not really and the results are really amazing biscotti! I won't be buying anymore biscotti from the shops anymore!
clairesp10
19th Dec, 2011
5.05
Look impressive and easy to make. Taste great, particularly when dunked in a glass of Marsala. Couldn't find dried cherries so I used dried apricots which worked well.
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chocolatebuffaloe
19th Dec, 2011
Yet again, a Christmas winner. I made them for a friend who swore they were better than his Italian mother's and proved it by finishing off almost a plate of them after a 3 course meal. A fabulous recipe! Only thing I changed was swapping the cherries for Cranberries. Enjoy!
katiebox
14th Dec, 2011
5.05
I baked these for the first time this weekend and brought them into work as a christmas treat for my work colleagues. They all loved them, and some of them even requested the recipe! I changed the fruit to Cadbury Chocolate chunks and they worked excellently. Really pleased, will defo make again!
pinkprincess1986
13th Dec, 2011
4.05
After reading the comments and intending to make this for Xmas pressies, I also changed the cherries for cranberries. Also used white sugar instead of golden as I didn't have any golden in. I don't think this effected the flavour much as they still taste delicious! They were very quick and easy to make, although when cutting they did crumble a little like some of the other comments said. We did use a bread knife and a normal sharp knife and found the bread knife easier. We made the 4 logs and 3 are in the freezer ready to just pop in the oven to finish off before putting them in hampers. The 4th one we finished baking as we had to taste test it! ;) Can confirm that they are delicious. Will definitely be making again. We didn't quite get 72 though, I think this is because hubby cut them a little thicker!

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