Cakes & Bakes: Cranberry almond biscotti

Home-made cranberry almond biscotti with cup of coffee | H is for Home #recipe #biscotti #baking #biscuits

Are you a biscuit dunker? I’ve never been one for dipping my biscuits into hot liquid. However, these cranberry almond biscotti have made me change my ways!

Wet & dry cranberry almond biscotti ingredients | H is for Home

I’ve seen biscotti being produced on the Great British Bake Off but I’ve never tried my hand at making a batch.

Cranberry almond biscotti dough in a cake tin | H is for Home

Biscotti are Italian, twice-baked almond biscuits usually served with Vin Santo – a dessert wine from the same region of Tuscany. It’s this liquid that you dip your biscuit into before eating – I’ve only tried it with coffee so far – but give me time!

Baked cranberry almond biscotti | H is for Home

The traditional recipe is flour, sugar, eggs, pine nuts and almonds. However, there are updated versions that include an array of ingredients such as dried fruit, hazelnuts, pistachios, spices, lemon, coffee and chocolate.

Sliced cranberry almond biscotti | H is for Home

Biscotti is the plural of biscotto but I’ve never heard that term in my life. Perhaps it’s because it’s impossible to eat just one!

Knives between cranberry almond biscotti slices | H is for Home

Researching recipes, I discovered that there is such a thing as a biscotti tin. I don’t think I’ll be making biscotti often enough to warrant getting one – I used my 18cm/7-inch square brownie tin and it was more than adequate at tackling the job.

Cranberry almond biscotti cooling on a wire rack | H is for Home

For its second bake, I sliced and transferred the cranberry almond biscotti on to a baking sheet and used stainless steel knives (don’t use knives with wood or plastic handles) to prop them up on their sides.

Home-made cranberry almond biscotti in a glass biscuit jar | H is for Home

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Cranberry almond biscotti
Yields 15
Ingredients
  1. 70g/2½oz butter, melted
  2. 135g/4¾oz granulated sugar
  3. ½tsp salt
  4. 2tsp baking powder
  5. 2tsp vanilla extract
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 120g/4oz plain flour
  8. 120g/4oz semolina flour
  9. 115g/4oz dried cranberries
  10. 115g/4oz chopped almondsHome-made cranberry almond biscotti ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 175ºC/350°F/ Gas mark 4
  2. Grease a biscotti pan or large baking sheet
  3. Stir together the melted butter, sugar, salt and baking powder
  4. Beat in the vanilla extract and then the eggs
  5. Blend in the flours, cranberries and almonds
  6. Place into the prepared biscotti pan, leaving a 2cm/¾-inch margin free on each side of the pan, to allow for expansion. If you're using a baking sheet, form the dough into a flattened log about 28 x 10cm (10½ x 4 inches).
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool for an hour
  8. Slice on the diagonal into 4cm/½-inch thick pieces. Place them back on the baking sheet, standing them on edge if you can; this will ensure they bake evenly
  9. Reduce the oven temperature to 160ºC/325°F/Gas mark 3 and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden
  10. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on a wire rack
  11. They can be stored in an airtight container for several weeks
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Adapted from King Arthur Flour
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
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  • Tracy K Nixon

    Yes, but only if I know the biscuit won’t dissolve as I hate mush at the bottom of my mug!

  • jo liddement

    Yes i will dunk most biscuits especially the chocolatey ones!

  • Annabel Greaves

    I love to dunk my digestive into tea xx

  • ashleigh allan

    Yum looks delicious. I like to dunk my biscuit in my tea or coffee

  • David Waterworth

    I happily dunk anything, I even dunk chips in sasperella

  • Ren Taylor

    some yummy things here to try x

  • MANDY DOHERTY

    I’m a dunker of dark chocolate digestives

  • Lisa C

    Love dunking biscuits in hot tea!

  • Alica

    I only dip in tea, can’t stand dipping in my beloved coffee!

  • Amy Wright

    I am definitely the biggest dipper! And many a times has a biccie dropped in my cuppa and I’ve tried to scoop it out with my fingers haha!

  • Paula Cheadle

    yes, I love dunking my own handmade ones

  • Natalie Gillham

    I only like to dunk crispy biscuits as I hate getting biscuits breaking off into my tea!

  • haxell

    It depends on the biscuit – I definitely dunk if I am sure it is not going to drop off into my drink!

    Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

  • Donna Sadler

    Oh yes! Also..um…buttered tea with Robertsons marmalade…don’t hate me! lol

  • Sarah Louise Gray

    Ooh this looks yummy – going to save this to my favourites to have a go at closer to Christmas 🙂

  • Natalie Crossan

    I’m the ultimate slam dunker biscuit dunker!!!