Dried Cherry & Almond Biscotti

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A Tasty Little Snack

These no fat, low sugar biscotti are one of my favourite little snacks. They go great with coffee or tea. While I love to bake, I’m not usually attracted to overly sweet things, so these cookies are the perfect little treat for when I do feel like something just a little sweetish. There is no butter or oil in these traditional Italian cookies. Biscotti—so named because they are “twice cooked”—are easy and fun to make and they store well in an airtight container for up to a month at room temperature (though I doubt that they’ll last you as long as that).

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Dried Cherry & Almond Biscotti Recipe

Recipe adapted from Stephanie Jaworski at JoyofBaking.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (260 g) flour
  • 3/4 cup (150 g) sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries (I use Montmorency dried cherries)
  • 3/4 cup (110 g) coarsely chopped toasted almonds
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure almond extract

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    1. Toast almonds for 10-12 minutes in 350° F oven, until lightly browned. You can use either blanched almonds or natural almonds with their skins on, whichever you prefer. Cool and coarsely chop.
    2. Reduce oven temperature to 300° F.
    3. Add dry ingredients together and whisk to integrate.
    4. Add chopped nuts and dried cherries to flour and stir well to coat everything.
    5. In a separate bowl, add vanilla and almond extracts to eggs and whisk lightly.
    6. Make a well in the flour and add the egg mixture.
    7. Stir well to incorporate all the flour. At the end, I usually get in there with my hands to finish mixing.
    8. Split the dough into two equal parts (use a scale if you have one; if you don’t, just eye-ball it).
    9. On a lightly floured counter-top, form each half of the dough into a cylindrical log and place each log on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Pat each log into a rectangular shape, approximately 4″ x  7″. There’s no magic size—feel free to play with the diameter of the logs.
    10. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for 10-15 minutes.
    11. Using a serrated knife, slice each rectangular log width-wise into 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick slices, depending on how thick or thin you like them (traditionally, they are cut on a slight diagonal, but you can cut them straight if you want to). Lay each slice cut side down on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for between 11-14 minutes.
    12. Remove from oven, flip each biscotti over and bake again for another 11-14 minutes. The total length of time you bake the slices depends on how hard or soft you prefer your biscotti. If you like a softer texture, bake for 11 minutes per side. If you like them harder and crunchier, bake for up to 14 minutes per side.
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Form dough into two 4″ x 7″ inch flat logs and bake for 30 minutes.

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Remove logs from oven, cool for 15 minutes and cut each log into 1/4″ to 1/2″ slices.

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Place slices on baking sheet and bake; flip each slice at half time and keep baking.

 

Variations

Feel free to get creative with this recipe. You can make them with just the toasted almonds; you can swap out the dried cherries for dried cranberries or candied orange peel; you can use hazelnuts instead of almonds; and you can even dip them in dark chocolate or white chocolate. Whatever you do, have fun!

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Store in an airtight container. These tasty treats go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee.

 

Joy of Baking Video: Biscotti Demonstration

Stephanie Jaworski’s video on JoyofBaking.com perfectly demonstrates how to make biscotti. It’s worth watching, as she clarifies the process so well:

 

Image Credits:

All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife

12 thoughts on “Dried Cherry & Almond Biscotti

  1. Wow, these look absolutely delicious!! I love biscotti, but these look sinfully good :)))
    Again, I really admire and envy your culinary skills. And the photos…I feel as though I might just be able to reach into my computer screen, and grab a tasty treat (with permission, of course ;)). I hope you and your partner are enjoying the beautiful autumn days.

  2. They look & I’m sure taste scrumptious!! That will have to be my next taste test! Although I don’t see how anything can beat the Almond cake! XX

    • Hi Mom! I know you’d love these Dried Cherry and Almond Biscotti. They are the perfect little snack when one is feeling a bit peckish. But you are right, they aren’t in the same league as my Almond Cake! :)) xx

  3. Another wonderful post, Jeannie. I try not to bake and we got used to it… but if I ever feel like experimenting, I’ll try your recipe. Great shots.

    • Thanks, France. I used to not bake at all either. But I’ve changed my attitude over the past few years and I now make something sweet every couple of weeks. Interestingly, since I’ve been doing this, my partner and I have both lost weight and maintained our perfect weight effortlessly—so it seems we get to have our cake and eat it too! I have adopted the attitude that eating pleasurable things made with love and high quality ingredients is but another avenue for feeding the soul and firing up our metabolism. But I acknowledge that food consumption is an individual thing, of course. I think what’s important is that we each follow our own inner voice and do what we believe is right for us. :))

  4. Those look delicious, Jeannie! Thanks for posting the recipe…I’ll definitely give them a try. And did I read something about almond cake? My absolute favorite!

    • Thanks so much, Lis! These biscotti are very tasty indeed, and so easy to make, although they do take a bit of time to bake. And, yes—if you love almond cake, have I got the cake for you! As a matter of fact, I spent today making it—an incredibly delicious Almond Cake with Orange White Chocolate Ganache. After I finished decorating it, the cake and I had a little photo session for an upcoming blog post. I took this cake to our family’s Thanksgiving celebration this past weekend and everyone flipped over it and wanted the recipe. I promised them I would post it on my blog. So you can look for it next week. Thanks for stopping by!

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