I guess these days everybody is busy getting their Christmas trees and gifts, planning for a great Holiday celebration! We are excited too, but this is also the time that we miss our families the most! How I wish I could celebrate Christmas and the New Year with my family! But I guess this time around, its just me and my lil family here.
Oh boy, it sure feels like winter here in Minnesota!! With sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow-falls, you dont feel like doing much!! But then who can resist fresh home-baked goods on a cold wintry day!? And since they have a good storage life, they can be made in advance and makes for a great make-ahead homemade Christmas gift for your loved ones! I baked these Cranberry-Pistachio Biscottis a week before. The smell of these crisp Italian treat filling the house is a treat by itself! I had tried Hazelnut biscottis before, but this is my first experience with cranberries!! And I should say I like those lil cuties. For these, however, I used dried cranberries. I followed the recipe on www.joyofbaking.com. The whole batch disappeared in just two days! Snuggle up on a couch with a cup of hot cocoa and a few of these biscottis and trust me, you will be in heaven!
Recipe (Makes 16-20):
Granulated white sugar - 2/3 cup
Eggs - 2, large
Pure vanilla extract - 1 tsp
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt - 1/8 tsp
All-purpose flour - 1 3/4 cups
Shelled unsalted pistachios - 1/2 cup, coarsely chopped
Dried cranberries or cherries - 1/2 cup, coarsely chopped
- Instead of 350F, I preheated and baked at 325F.
- The biscotti log was initially baked for 25 minutes.
- After slicing the biscotti log, the individual biscottis were initially baked for 8 minutes, turned over and baked for another 7-8 minutes.
- I used about 1/4 cup pistachios and 1/2 cup chopped dried cranberries.
I am sending these to my own event "Santa's Holiday Challenge". Dont forget that its going to be a giveaway contest with first and second prizes. You can send as many entries as you would like.