May 12, 2008

Cranberry - Pistachio Biscotti and Awards

A crunchy and good tea time snack I tried from
William Sonoma 's Essentials of Baking.
All purpose flour - 2 cups
Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
salt 1/2 tsp
eggs - 2
unsalted butter - 1/2 cup
vanilla extract - 1 tsp
grated orange zest - 1 1/2 tsp
Almond extract - 1 tsp
coarsely chopped pistachio nuts - 1 cup
dried cranberries - 1/2 cup
  • Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 F.
  • In a bowl sift together the flour , baking powder and salt.
  • Combine eggs and sugar .
  • Beat until light in color and thick abt 3 min.
  • Beat in the melted butter , orange zest and vanilla ,almond extracts.
  • Add the dry ingredients and beat well.
  • Stir in the nuts and cranberries.
  • The dough will be soft and sticky.
  • Scoop out half of the dough onto one one half of the prepared baking sheet and form into a log 10 inch .
  • Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Press the logs gently to make them 3 inch wide with damp fingertips.
  • Bake the logs until they are crisp and golden on the outside , 20 -25 min.
  • The centres will be soft.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Reduce the oven temp to 300 F.
  • Let the logs cool on the baking sheet for 10 min.
  • Transfer the logs to a cutting board .
  • Cut each log crosswise on the diagonal into slices 3/4 inch thick.
  • Arrange the slices cut sides down .
  • Return to the oven and bake for 17 - 22 min.
  • Flip the cookies in between.

The interiors of the cookies become crisp as they cool.

I am very happy that I have got two more Yummy blog awards from Shriya and Nirmala.Thank you so much friends. As per the rules I like to pass this award to Cham , sukanya Ramkumar , Latha Narasimhan , Lavi.


Asha said...

Great combo, looks delcious to go with coffee!:)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Kamala...
That is a great Biscotti recipe.... Looks great... Turned out so prefect..... YUM!..

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Kamala...
Thank u for passing me the Yummy blog award... Congrats on urs....

Trupti said...

Hi Kamala, Congratulations on your award

Cham said...

Congrats on ur yummy award!I love Biscotti,cran & Pist sound a great combo , they look perfect too :) I am proud to receive this award from u...

Prema Sundar said...

wow .. biscotti has come out really well.congrats on ur award.

Kalai said...

Congrats on the award, Kamala! Biscotti is one of my faves and yours have come out perfect!! :)

Uma said...

biscotti turned out so good, Kamala! Lovely.

Uma said...

I forgot to say! Congrats on the award!

Divya Vikram said...

The biscottis look too good..perfect with coffee..

Lavi said...

Congrad's on YouR Award!!!

Thanks For Passing on the Award..
Glad to have it from You..

Srivalli said...

those look great...i have never tried any of these..

Jayashree said...

I love biscotti...yours looks real good.

Anonymous said...

The biscotti looks delicious!

ranji said...

delicious..perfect compliment with a cup of coffee!!!

ANJALI J. said...

awards again haa.. congrats !!!i loved this recipe. will try it definately.

Uma said...

Knock knock! Some thing is waiting for you at my blog. Go pick it up! Hope you like it Kamala!

Latha Narasimhan said...

Thanks for the award dear! I will post the award after I return to Bangalore, once my mothers ceremonies are completed.
Biscotties are looking delicious! :) I will need some more time to catch up with blogging.

Roopa said...

You know I have been hunting for a perfect tested and tried recipe for biscotti online, now I am sure I got one after seeing your post:) Thank you ! William sonoma has lots of interesting recipes to choose from right? I just visited the site, we also have their store nearby...never thought they are this popular:) ....Again thanks for the recipe, I will be trying this out for sure!! I am bookmarking it now:)