Biscotti Recipe

When I need to feel like I’ve had a treat, but do not feel like feeling guilty about having a treat, I buy Biscotti. It is by far one of the most guilt-free pastries around.

There is a cafe in our neighborhood called the Coffee Tree and they make cranberry pistachio biscotti that is absolutely amazing. I haven’t perfected a duplicate of that one, but here’s the biscotti recipe that I use at home.

3 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1/8 cup butter, softened to room temperature

1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

2/3 cup granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 tbsp grated lemon zest

1 tbsp lemon juice

3/4 tsp almond or vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups chopped, dry combination of your choice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In another bowl beat eggs and then, cream butter with apple sauce and sugar.
  4. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla extract to butter mixture.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients from step 2 to butter mixture.
  6. Add the 1 1/4 cup of goodies that you’ve chosen and mix to form a stiff dough.
  7. Divide dough in half and form 2 loaves that are about 2 1/2 inches wide. Place each on a baking sheet and bake until lightly brown, about 30 minutes.
  8. Cool completely and slice on a diagonal.
  9. Place slices back on a cookie sheet and broil for 1 minute each side, about 5 inches from the heat source.

You can store biscotti in an airtight container once it has cooled and freeze up a bunch to eat later.

Here are some great combinations to make up your 1 1/4 cup of goodies:

  • dark chocolate and dried cherries.
  • Dried blueberries and almonds.
  • Dried cranberries and pistachios.
  • Dried apricots.

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