Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cranberry Almond Biscotti

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This is a recipe I made for my husband's coworkers to share on Christmas Eve. Cranberry and almond is a great flavor and texture combination for many baked goods like cookies, quick breads, muffins... and biscotti is no exception!

Cranberry Almond Biscotti
recipe adapted from Joy of Baking

1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl lightly beat the eggs and extracts together. Set aside.

In a bowl of your stand mixer (or with a hand mixer) combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat until blended (about 30 seconds). Gradually add the egg mixture and beat until a dough forms, adding the cranberries and almonds about halfway through. With floured hands divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a log about 10 inches long and 3 inches wide. Transfer log to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Note - logs will spread during baking. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for about 10 minutes.

Transfer log to a cutting board and using a serrated knife, cut log into slices 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal. Arrange evenly on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, turn slices over, and bake another 10 minutes or until firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool.

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