Holiday biscotti

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time55 mins
  • Serves24
  • DifficultyEasy
450g all-purpose plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
170g caster sugar
110g (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
170g pistachios, coarsely chopped
150g dried cranberries
340g good-quality white chocolate, chopped
Red and green caster sugar crystals, for garnish
1) Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.

2) Line a heavy large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the plain flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. Using an electric mixer, beat the caster sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time.

3) Add the plain flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in the pistachios and cranberries.

4) Form the dough into a 32.5cm long, 7.5cm wide log on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden, about 40 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes.

5) Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1.25cm to 1.8cm-thick slices. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool completely.

6) Stir the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until the chocolate melts. Dip half of the biscotti into the melted chocolate. Gently shake off the excess chocolate. Place the biscotti on the baking sheet for the chocolate to set. Sprinkle with the caster sugar crystals. Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm, about 35 minutes.

The biscotti can be made ahead. Store them in an airtight container up to 4 days, or wrap them in foil and freeze in resealable plastic bags up to 3 weeks.

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