I tried several biscotti recipes over the holidays, and there were two I particularly liked. The double chocolate ones are good, but if I eat them in the evening, then I can’t get to sleep (because who can eat just one biscotti?!)
So it’s the Cranberry-Orange Biscotti that are on the menu this winter. And they are delicious.
Recipe based on Italian-Style Cranberry-Orange Biscotti from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion.
2 large eggs
2/3 cup (4 3/4 oz) sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp orange juice
Zest of one orange
1 tsp orange extract
1 cup (4 5/8 oz) dried cranberries
1 cup (4 oz) chopped walnuts, toasted
2 cups (8 1/2 oz) all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. I’ll lightly grease the parchment paper to make removing the biscotti logs easier. Not required, but recommended.
Beat the eggs and sugar until light-colored creamy. If you start mixing the eggs and sugar and then go onto measure out everything else, as well as toasting and chopping the walnuts, you’ll come back and it’ll be done.
Beat in the baking powder, salt, vanilla, orange juice, zest, and extract.
Toss the walnuts and cranberries in with the flour, then add to the egg mixture, beating just until the flour is completely incorporated.
Create two dough logs on the parchment paper.
This is easier said then done. Here is the easiest way: Plop down blobs of dough roughly in two log shapes.
Wet your hands.
Using your wet hands, shape the dough into something resembling two logs.
Don’t worry if the dough looks very wet after shaping. It won’t matter.
Bake the dough for 25 minutes at 350F.
After 25 minutes, remove the dough from the oven and drop the temperature to 325F.
As soon as it’s cool enough to do so, move one of the logs to a cutting board. Using a serrated bread knife, and cutting on the diagonal, cut 1/2″ thick slices. If your knife is sharp, you should need only to press down on the dough to cute it–avoid sawing which will break off bits of the cookies.
Arrange the slices on the cookie sheet (I stand them on end, but if they’re on their side, that’s fine), then cut the 2nd log in the same manner.
Bake the slices for 25 minutes at 325 F.
Cool on a rack, and then enjoy dipping in your favorite hot beverage.