My biscotti are ready!

December 10, 2009

Pistachio, almond and chocolate biscotti.

Yesterday I went out on my mission to find pretty boxes to hold my biscotti. These are the home-made Christmas gifts I will be giving to my family this year. I found these lovely medium size take away style polka dot boxes in John Lewis for £1.50 each. I also purchased some cream tissue paper to wrap the biscuits in which cost pennies. So its easy to make your home-made presents look  beautiful!

On with my recipe.

After a bit of experimenting this is what I came up with and its delicious!

Pistachio, Almond and Chocolate Biscotti.

Ingredients

makes about 20

175g Plain Flour

1tsp baking powder

125g Caster Sugar

2 eggs

25g Pistachios

25g Almonds

25g Milk Chocolate

a few drops of Almond essence

  • Pre heat the oven to 160c/gas mark 3
  • grease an oven tray with butter or line with baking parchment.
  • Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl.
  • Stir in the beaten eggs and almond essence until the mixture looks clumpy.
  • Now knead together till all the flour disappears, if its too sticky flour your hands and the dough.
  • Pour over the chopped nuts and chopped chocolate, kneed it into your dough evenly.
  • Divide the dough into 2 pieces and roll them into sausage shapes about 20cm long and place on the baking tray with a good distance between them (this is because the dough melts and spreads out).
  • Bake for 25 mins, the dough will still look pale. Gently place the 2 pieces on a cooling rack till they are cool enough to handle.
  • With a serated knife carve into the dough at an angle to make chunky little biscuit slices.
  • Place all your pieces back on the baking tray and return to the oven for 10-15mins or until golden.

The biscotti will be nice and crunchy, they will keep for 3 weeks in a sealed container, ready to be given away (or eaten at home with a cup of tea).

The finished gift will probably cost no more than £2.50 including the box containing about 15 biscuits. I saw a similar box in the shops for about £6.00 or £10.00 for a large box. If you can get hold of a tin then the tin can be kept after all the biscuits are eaten.

Happy biscuit making and eating.

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One Response to “My biscotti are ready!”

  1. A nice recpe idea you have here. I am always looking for more ideas to keep the kids entertained with and this one might just do the trick so thank you for sharing it.

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