Friday, 9 January 2009

My Favourite Sort of Day!

Lemon and Pistachio Biscotti

Maybe they will work with dark choclate too!

Hey Presto...prettiness!

Crafty loveliness in the post...

Fish and Chip Friday!

Happy baby!
Its time for bed! x

Biscotti Basic Recipe (makes about 72)

350g plain white flour
2 tsp baking powder
250g golden caster sugar
3 eggs beaten

Then the fun begins!!

Add your flavourings and contents!  

Nuts, chocolate, lemon zest, mixed spice, raisins, cranberries!  Whatever takes your fancy!

To make the lemon and pistachio ones I added 3 tbs of lemon juice and the zest of two lemons (it was necessary to then add bit more flour as it did get a bit sticky but all good! Trial and error cooking) and 100g of pistachios.  I added 50g of dark chocolate, chopped to half the biscotti mix.


1. Heat oven to 160C.  Line two  baking sheets with baking paper.  Put flour, baking powder, zest and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.  Stir in eggs and zest until the mixture starts forming clumps then bring the dough together with your hands.  It will seem dry at first but keep kneading, it will come together. Add fruit, nuts, lemon juice (your choice at this point) and distribute evenly.

2. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface, split into four pieces.  Roll each piece into a sausage about 30cm long.  Place two on each tray, well spaced apart.  Bake for 25-30 mins until the dough has risen and feels firm to the touch. Remove from oven and turn oven down to 120C.

3. Using bread knife cut diagonally into slices about 1cm thick, then lay slices flat on sheets.  Make for another 15 mins on each side until dry and golden.  Tip onto wire rack to cool! 

Yummy! x


Devon said...

yum, love biscotti, you've inspired me to make some this weekend! lovely fabric by the way! love you and your crafty, blogginess. xxxx

Mrs B said...

Tomorrow morning when i am up at the crack of dawn I am sending you a long mail!! I want to know whats doing with you! Properly! missing you my lovely friend! x

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Devon said...

yippeee, have been meaning to send you a long mail too! and was just looking at your blog again and ihave say that wee miss B is about the cutest baby ever! and i'm not just saying that because i have seen some ugly babies in my day! I know you're not suppose to say that but it's true some babies are ugly! but not yours those curls are to die for! x x x x

Rhiannon said...

ok so its ages since you posted this, but I just wanted to say thankyou SO much for posting this recipe - I made it as a gift for a friend and her entire family demolished them in a matter of minutes!

*Big shiny thankyous being sent your way*


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