Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins
This recipe for a wonderful biscotti comes from The Joy of Cranberries: The Tangy Red Treat -- A cookie indlugence for the cranberry fan! Preparation time neither includes time to cool before slicing nor time for final cooling.
- 2 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3⁄4 cup dried cranberries
- 1⁄2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, berries, chips, baking powder & salt.
- In a small bowl, mix vegetable oil, the 2 extracts & beaten eggs.
- Add egg mixture to flour mixture & blend well.
- Knead dough on lightly floured surface until smooth.
- Divide dough in half & shape each half into an 8-inch long log.
- Place logs 6 inches apart on baking sheet coated with cooking spray, then flatten each to about a 1-inch thickness.
- Bake 35 minutes, then remove logs from baking sheet & cool 10 minutes on wire rack.
- Meanwhile, reduce oven heat to 325 degrees F.
- Cut each log diagonally into 15 half-inch slices, placing slices standing up on baking sheet.
- Return slices to oven & bake an additional 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, & transfer slices to wire rack to cool completely.
So i tried this for my first attempt making biscotti. I left out the cranberries and used white choclate chips instead. The most frustrating part, was how crumbly they were, near the end I added 2more tablespoons of oil to help it try and stick together. I will probably subtitute the oil for butter next time, I also added some unsweetend baking cocoa and cinnamon to the mix for more flavor. Even though I had crumbly logs the taste was great with the chocolate and cinnamon.
These got mixed reviews at our house, I found them to be a bit bland but DH really enjoyed them, as did he coworkers, and he insisted they should get 4 stars! They did come together easily; after reading the other reviews I held back about a half cup of flour; I added a little of it, but not much. I found it was important to really work this dough together. I would increase the amount of almond extract and add some cinnamon to brighten up the overall flavor. I was out of semisweet bits so subbed a chopped up chunk of Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate with almonds.
I made as written except I added about 1/2 of the cranberries. I found that the dough was quite dry and that I had to press the logs into shape to keep the dough together, so quite the different experience as the other review. Next time I would add 1/2 cup flour less to start of with and then add until I get the right consistency. Anyway, they came out great!