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Pistachio Cranberry Biscotti for the Holidays

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Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Wow, Chanukah has already passed and Christmas is just days away!

I haven’t had a chance to bake much this season because of all my art projects, but managed to combine my two loves for this batch of Pistachio Cranberry Biscotti.

I’ve been making these biscotti pretty much every year, but this time I changed it up by adding orange zest and a 1 tablespoon of orange juice to the batter. I thought they’d be pretty with some white, so I drizzled melted white chocolate over the biscotti.

I mentioned combining my art and baking — this is what I created — an illustrated recipe for They Draw and Cook. 🙂

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It is featured on their site this week as a Red and Green recipe.

I know it is hard to read the recipe so small! Here it is for your printing purposes (note: the white chocolate part and orange juice is not in the illustrated recipe because I didn’t have enough room!):

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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

2 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon orange zest

1 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice

1 cup salted shelled pistachio nuts

1 1/3 cups dried cranberries

1 large egg, or white, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon water to  make egg wash

1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted (optional)

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1. Preheat oven to 325 F. Line baking sheet with parchment.

2 Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda &powder &salt in a large bowl. Add eggs, vanilla, orange zest and beat with mixer  just until a dough forms.

3. Add cranberries and pistachios and mix at low speed.

4. Turn out dough onto a well-floured surface and knead several times. Halve dough, then form each half into a 13 by 2 inch slightly flattened log on baking sheet, Brush logs with egg wash.

5. Bake in middle of oven until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool logs on baking sheet on a rack 10 minutes.

6. Transfer to a cutting board and cut diagonally into 1/2 inch thick slices with a serrated knife. Arrange slices, cut side down, in 1 layer on baking sheet Bake in middle of oven turning once until golden and crisp. 20 – 25 minutes total.

7. Cool completely and drizzle with melted white chocolate if you’d like.  Put the melted chocolate in a sandwich bag, seal, and snip a hole in one corner. Squeeze and drizzle chocolate over cooled biscotti. Chill in the refrigerator to set chocolate.

 

 

 

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti and the 6th Annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival

Chocolate glaze optional - I'm trying to decide if it is better with or without.

In the midst of trying to finish 52 illustrations by next week (I have 11 more to go!), summer activities, preparing for September book events, I decided to honor my recent white chocolate fixation and attempt to create an original recipe of White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti.

I will be reading from my book, Soup Day, at the 6th Annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival at the Princeton, NJ Public Library this Saturday at 11:30 am.  I will also be meeting amazing authors and illustrators,  greeting the public, and signing books!  If you happen to live in or near Princeton, NJ, please stop by and say “hello”.  I’d love to see you. 🙂

I’m traveling with my friend Kate the day before, who just released her book, Big Bouffant, and we are staying with her dear friend in Princeton who has generously offered us lodging.  I decided to make this creation to bring to her.

Hopefully she won’t mind the sloppy chocolate garnish I mistakenly put on the sides instead of the tops (see note below)!

White Chocolate Macademia Nut Biscotti

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

½ cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/3 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

½ cup white chocolate chips

optional:  1/3 cup semisweet or bittersweet chopped chocolate

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Stir flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl with a whisk. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add sugar and beat another minute.  Add egg and extracts and beat until incorporated.  Stir in macadamia nuts and white chocolate until evenly distributed.
  4. Dump batter out onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Wet hands and form dough into a large rectangular log, about 4-inches by 12-inches in size.
  5. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes until top is firm.  Let rest on baking sheet on wire rack for 15 minutes.  Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  6. Carefully transfer log with two spatulas (it can easily break if it is not supported) to a cutting board.  Cut log into diagonal slices about ½-inch thick with a serrated knife.  Gently use a sawing motion, don’t press down too hard, or the log will break.
  7. Transfer the pieces back to the baking sheet and bake for another 20-25 minutes, flipping baking sheet and cookies halfway through.
  8. Remove baking sheet from oven and let rest on wire rack for about 10 minutes.  Then move biscotti to rack to cool completely.
  9. If you’d like to drizzle them with chocolate, just melt the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl at 30 second intervals (it took me about 90 seconds), stirring in between.  Transfer melted chocolate to a sandwich Ziploc bag and press all the chocolate to one corner of the bag.  Snip off a small bit of the corner so you have a tiny hole.  Turn biscotti so that the tops are up!  (I forgot to do this – oops!)  Squeeze the bag gently, drizzling chocolate over the biscotti.

    Major fail: I drizzled one side instead of the tops -- oops!

    To speed up the hardening process, you can chill in the refrigerator or freezer for a bit.

Makes about 13-14.

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