Wednesday, December 18

Christmas Spiced Biscotti

Anyone who knows me knows that I love coffee, in fact I'm a bit of a coffee snob. 
After working in a coffee house for years, smelling the sweet taste of freshly ground coffee beans makes cheap instant coffee taste like garden dirt.
With hours of revision already beginning for some horrific exams looming in January, the coffee is flowing out of the cafetiere at a steady rate.
Of course, I need something to dunk in my steaming mug for a cheeky treat and I've found the perfect Christmas solution to keep the festive spirits up!




Biscotti.
Crunchy, crumbly and packed full of spices and flavours, this Christmas version really does hit the spot.
Crammed full of nuts, dried fruits and chocolate (I added this to settle the cravings and stop me devouring a whole Terry's Chocolate Orange), this has become my new revision treat.



Prep your coffee, however you take it (I'm a cappucino or americano kind of gal), and get ready to start dunking!






Unbelievably simple to make, easy to adapt in flavour and perfect to wrap up in cellophane for a batch of home made Christmas presents.
Biscotti, you are one heck of a delight!


To make your own Christmas Biscotti, you will need:

- 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 of one orange
(Flavours here can differ, yet I used:)
- 50g pistachios
- 250g bag of mixed nuts and dried fruit (cranberries, pecans, blueberries, cherries)
- 100g dark chocolate, finely chopped

Preheat your oven to 180C/160 fan and line a large baking tray (or two smaller ones) with baking parchment.


Measure out the flour, baking powder, mixed spice and sugar into a large mixing bowl.




Grate the zest of one large orange and tip into the bowl.



Add in the three eggs.


Combine the pistachios, chocolate and nut mix into a separate bowl.




Mix the eggs and dry ingredients together with an electric mixer or by hand, this may take a while, but keep on going until everything comes together.
Ideally you are looking for no dry mixture left and a thick dough coming together.


Add the flavours and mix together until equally distributed.
Tip out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll together into one large ball.
Divide this into four equal pieces.


Roll out each one of these pieces into a long, thick log about 25cm-30cm in length and slide these onto the baking trays.


Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool down until able to handle by hand.
Turn your oven down to 140C/120 fan.
Using a bread knife, cut each log into 1-2cm slices and place back onto the baking tray.


Slide the tray back into the oven and bake for 15 minutes before turning them all over and baking once again for another 15 minutes.


They will emerge golden and beautifully crispy.


Whack on the coffee machine, pour yourself a steaming mug and dig in for a cheeky dunk or two.
A delicious and addictive treat that will leave your house smelling like Christmas whilst keeping up the festive cheer buried amidst the hundreds of revision books.



(Plus, if you are in need of a last minute, personal and cheap to make in bulk Christmas treat, take a few and wrap them up in cellophane with a big bow!)


Keep smiling everyone, only one week to go until the big day!

(Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food)
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4 comments

  1. I'm not a coffee person. You made this look so delicious and I'm sure it is! :D

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  2. Yuuuum, I'm definitely a coffee nut, but I'm more of a espresso kind of gal so there's not much to dunk. Still want to make these though!
    xxxx Anne
    PS: Is it weird that I kept staring at that photo of the pile of sugar? It just looks so pretty!

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  3. My uncle loves biscotti, so might make these for him for Christmas!

    {Teffy's Perks} X

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  4. Biscotti are the absolute bomb when it comes to dippable things for coffee! And high 5 to you sister - Americano is totally the way to go
    x x x

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