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BISCOTTI - ITALIAN DELICACY FOR SWEET PUNCH


Hope everyone had wonderful weekend.  This time I am doing pretty late post for Sweet punch :(  Anyway here is an Italian Delicacy.  I used to make them for my Kid snack box for school and now its here for sweet punch this time..... Before proceeding with the recipe, I just wanted to let you know I have opened a Face book fan page for my space as I don't want to mix both personal page and the fan page.  I would love to have your likes for my page :) Here is the link for Facebook Fan page Dishesfrommykitchen, you can also scroll down this page and see the like button in the right hand side you can do it there as well.  Thanks for everyone who already liked it :)  



  

 


 
Here is the brief about Biscotti....

Biscotti more correctly known as biscotti di Prato (English: biscuits of Prato), also known as cantuccini, are a twice-baked cake originating in the Italian city of Prato. The cakes are large almond biscuits, made dry and crunchy through cutting the loaf of dough while still hot and fresh from baking in the oven."Biscotti" is the only traditional name, which in the Italian language is the plural form of biscotto. The word originates from the medieval Latin word biscoctus, meaning "twice-cooked/baked."

Most European countries have adopted their own version of biscotti: English - rusks, French - biscotte and croquets de Carcassonne, Germans - zwieback, Greeks - biskota and paxemadia, Jewish - Mandelbrot, and Russians - sukhariki.

Adapted from joyofbaking with slight changes of Fruit and nuts measurement with Exotic cardamom flavor !!!

Cranberry Raisins Almond Pistachio Biscotti

Ingredients:

Granulated white sugar - 2/3 cup (135 grams)
Eggs - 2 large
Vanilla extract - 1 teaspoon pure (I used 1/4 tsp of powdered cardamom)
Baking powder - 1 teaspoon
Salt- 1/4 teaspoon
All-purpose flour - 1 3/4 cups (245 grams)
Unsalted pistachios - 1/4 cup (30 grams) shelled,  coarsely chopped
Blanched almonds - 1/4 cup (30 grams) shelled, coarsely chopped
Dried cranberries- 1/4 cup (40 grams)
Raisins - 1/4 cup (40 grams) 









Method :

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
2.In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the sugar and eggs on high speed until thick, pale, and fluffy (about 5 minutes).  (When you slowly raise the beaters the batter will fall back into the bowl in slow ribbons.)  At this point beat in the vanilla extract or Cardamom powder.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Add to the egg mixture and beat until combined.  Fold in the chopped pistachios and cranberries.



3.Transfer the dough to your parchment lined baking sheet and form into a log, about 12 inches (30 cm) long and 3 1/2 inches (9 cm) wide.  You may have to dampen your hands to form the log as the dough is quite sticky. Bake for 25 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.
4.Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).  Transfer the log to a cutting board and cut into 3/4 inch (2 cm) slices, on the diagonal.  Place the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet.  Bake for about 10 minutes, turn slices over, and bake for another 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Store in an airtight container. 


RAKS KITCHEN  – (September 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM)  

Sounds really good,nice recipe,loved all the shots!

Priti  – (September 12, 2011 at 10:07 AM)  

Love the rustic looks ...so beautiful ....

Bharathy  – (September 12, 2011 at 10:12 AM)  

Wowie! Neat looking biscotti! Loving the extra additions and the clicks and creativity that goes with it, as always! :)

San  – (September 12, 2011 at 10:16 AM)  

Facebook fan page is a good idea pavi. I was just craving for the biscotti. How did you know? Amazing pics with an excellent combo.

San

Radhika@foodfor7stages  – (September 12, 2011 at 10:17 AM)  

Beautiful Pictures Pavi and love the flavors in this biscotti

Kalyani's Platter  – (September 12, 2011 at 10:24 AM)  

healthy and yummy biscotti !!! wow wonderful clicks which are very tempting ......... glad to follow u ......

Smita Srivastava  – (September 12, 2011 at 10:32 AM)  

Looks so wonderful ...the addition of pistachio n cranberry wud hav surely given it a lovely twist !!

Reva  – (September 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM)  

Yummy biscotti Pavithra..:) Looks stunning.. Love the way it is dotted with the cranberries and pista ..:)
Superb visual feast..
Reva

Radhika  – (September 12, 2011 at 10:53 AM)  

Pavithra, Biscotti looks amazing good!
Beautifully photographed..
And, Welcome to Facebook!

Anu Nandu  – (September 12, 2011 at 11:03 AM)  

As always splendidly beautiful pictures Pavithra! Mine are all over - now I want more of yours!

aipi  – (September 12, 2011 at 11:51 AM)  

PICTURE PERFECT! Love the combo of pistachios n cranberries!!
USMasala

Muskaan at A2Z Healthy Vegetarian Cuisine  – (September 12, 2011 at 11:53 AM)  

They really look divine...Love the way you have presented..

Cheers
Muskaan

Magpie  – (September 12, 2011 at 12:04 PM)  

Gorgoues pictures as always Pavi!

Rinku Naveen  – (September 12, 2011 at 1:04 PM)  

Amazing!!! Biscotti looks so stunning and yummy! Lovely pics Pavithra..

Hamaree Rasoi  – (September 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM)  

Biscotti looks to be very delicious and fulfilling. Excellent preparation.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Sobha Shyam  – (September 12, 2011 at 2:28 PM)  

recently i bought the biscottis and fallen in love with them, nice to see a wonderful recipe, sure will try it out..clicks are amazing..!!

Priya  – (September 12, 2011 at 2:55 PM)  

Scruumptious biscotti,absolutely inviting and well done..

Raffaella  – (September 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM)  

I love cantuccini!!! In Italy we eat them dunking them in a particular sweet, white, liqueurous wine called "Vin Santo". ciao!

schmetterlingwords  – (September 12, 2011 at 5:00 PM)  

Beautiful biscottis!! There is a lot of learning from your photographs. Truly inspiring :)

Premalatha Aravindhan  – (September 12, 2011 at 5:24 PM)  

wow Perfect and flavourful biscotti,luks so tempting...clicks are too gud.

kankana  – (September 12, 2011 at 7:46 PM)  

this looks real yum :) and i love biscotti with every evening. btw looks like we have the exact similar prop .. the silver bucket :) :)

Dzoli  – (September 12, 2011 at 8:12 PM)  

Wow.Die biscotti look absolutely amazing:) I likeb their size;)

Tina  – (September 12, 2011 at 10:34 PM)  

Parcel one box to pune...fabulous and crunchy crunchy...

Shanthi  – (September 12, 2011 at 11:16 PM)  

I can smell the cardamom aroma in the biscotti here, well presented as ever...

Sharmilee! :)  – (September 12, 2011 at 11:59 PM)  

Luv the texture fo ur biscottis...looks very tempting and beautiful clicks Pavi

Kadhyaa...  – (September 13, 2011 at 1:12 AM)  

Thats a lovely posts with great clicks..

GEETHA ACHAL  – (September 13, 2011 at 2:21 AM)  

Wow...Great and tempting biscotti..Wonderful clicks...

My neighbour grandma, used to make like these biscotti and send us whenever she bake these cuties..

Love it and it gets completed before my hus comes from office..Rarely he gets to taste it..

Prathima Rao  – (September 13, 2011 at 4:22 AM)  

Perfectly made,super tempting, crispy biscotti!!! Fab clicks..
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

jeyashrisuresh  – (September 13, 2011 at 4:47 AM)  

perfect biscottis.lovely clicks and neat presentation

Umm Mymoonah  – (September 13, 2011 at 5:32 AM)  

Perfect crunchy biscotti's, beautiful pictures.

radha  – (September 13, 2011 at 5:51 AM)  

Lovely. It must be so good with a cup of tea.

Ramya  – (September 13, 2011 at 7:57 AM)  

Cant take my eye off this yummy biscotti..I don't think biscotti can be made any better than this..Awesome!!

Roshan  – (September 13, 2011 at 9:03 AM)  

super fabulous biscotti and an even more fabulous presentation...kudos to your efforts!!

do check out the "Sunday Special" event at my blog

Parita  – (September 13, 2011 at 9:06 AM)  

Wow these have come out awesome! you have become a pro in baking now!

divya  – (September 13, 2011 at 7:15 PM)  

Amazing!!! Biscotti looks so stunning and yummy! Lovely pics Pavithra..

Renu  – (September 13, 2011 at 11:57 PM)  

nice presentation, and love the recipe !

Balakrishna Saraswathy  – (September 14, 2011 at 12:43 AM)  

Hi Pavi how r u doing? As usual perfect presentation with a yummy snack for the cozy evenings...

PriyaVaasu  – (September 14, 2011 at 1:06 AM)  

Delicious!!! Clicks are sooo Stunning!!!!!

Quay Po Cooks  – (September 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM)  

I have not tasted a biscotti that has cardarmon flavor. This is must be very delicious. Nice presentation with the coffee.

Avika J Chawla  – (September 14, 2011 at 2:24 PM)  

Nice clicks and looks very tempting to eat with a cup of my coffee or Tea

Jayasri Ravi  – (September 15, 2011 at 3:38 AM)  

Lovely looking biscottis, as always beautiful clicks dear, I too enjoyed baking it...

Ambreen  – (October 12, 2011 at 4:19 AM)  

This sounds wonderful, packed with fruits & nuts. Loved the addition of cardamom in it, very tempting clicks. I'm your newest follower :)

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