Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
You will enjoy this!
- 1 cup dried fig
- 1⁄2 cup raisins or 1⁄2 cup dried dates, pitted
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 1⁄3 cups brown sugar, pressed firmly
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 teaspoon orange extract (optional)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3 -3 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 cups rolled oats or 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) or 1⁄2 cup pecans (optional)
- Filling: Place the fruit in a small saucepan and cover with about 1/3 cup water.
- Simmer 10-15 minutes on lowest heat, until fruit is slightly softened and most of the water is gone (if however, you need a bit more water to simmer, add a little at a time).
- Remove from the stove and cool about 20 minutes before pureeing the fruit (drained) in a food processor, 1- 2 minutes.
- Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, with a paddle attachment, cream the sugar and butter well, about 3 minutes.
- Add the eggs, vanilla, orange oil and lemon juice and blend well, about 2 minutes.
- Fold in the cinnamon, salt, baking powder, most of the flour and oatmeal, nuts, and mix until dough is thick and soft and holds together.
- Add more flour if mixture is not stiff.
- Spread half of batter on a baking sheet, top with the fruit paste, and cover with remaining biscotti batter.
- Bake loaf for 40-45 minutes at 350*F. until just browned and firm to the touch.
- Cool loaf to room temperature.
- Cut loaf into diagonal slices, about one inch wide and return to baking sheet.
- Decrease oven temperature to 325 F / 165°C.
- and bake cookies once more, to crisp, 15- 20 minutes.
These are so yummy! I made a batch this evening and can't wait to have some with coffee in the morning :)
I just wanted to let you know that I was very eager to try this recipe, I printed it off in Jamnurary this year, Just haven't got around to THIS one. But I Joined up 4-6-07 & today I was just checking things out & seen a folder called Bargain Basement. Stating,"These deserve a second look". So, when I came across this one that I had already found & printed off in Janurary!! It seemed right to let you know, and to put it in my pile of "Make this week". I'm sure I'll love it & others too, I'll be sure to rate it as soon as I've tried it. til' then... Mon