Biscotti with Cranberries and Pistachio

Posted: May 10, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Baking
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When I first moved to US, my husband introduced me to Starbucks Chai and Biscotti. I liked it so much that I would end up buying biscotti when ever we stopped by any Starbucks. I never thought it could be made at home. When I started getting inspired to do baking this was the target to reach. I planned to make this at christmas but never got around to doing it.   

The word “biscotti” (pronunciation: [bisˈkɔtti]), meaning “twice-baked“. It is often enhanced with nuts or spices. Almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios, and pine nuts are popular choices.   

It goes really well with chai. After I made this biscotti using the recipe below, it turned out to be so nice, even better than the Starbucks one. I just cannot stop eating it now.   

Biscotti with Cranberries n Pistachios

Biscotti with Cranberries n Pistachios

Biscotti with Cranberries n Pistachios

Biscotti with Cranberries n Pistachios

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 6 fluid ounces or 12 Tablespoons sugar
  • 8 Tablespoons or one stick unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 Extra large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3/4 cups roughly chopped pistachios
  • 2/3 cups dried cranberries
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  Also, using a pencil approximately  mark a area of 12 inch long and 3 inch wide. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside. In a bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachments, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined, beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed till just combined. Stir in the dried cranberries and roughly chopped pistachios to the flour mixture using your hand.
  • Transfer the dough to the baking sheet lined with parchment paper, dough will be sticky, use wet hands to handle the dough easily. Turn out the dough into a log  of 12 inch long and  3 inch wide.
  • Bake until the log is almost firm to touch or lightly golden brown, about 35-40 minutes.  Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack and cool for 30 minutes.
  • Place the log on the cutting board and cut ino slices 3/4 inch thick on the diagonal. Arrange the biscotti, cut side down on the parchment paper and bake for 12-13 minutes or until crisp and dry. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool completely. Store the biscotti’s in air tight container and enjoy.

Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentils.

  1. Prachi says:

    Love your Biscotti…want to come their but this time i ll try at home…Good job suman….

  2. Suma Gandlur says:

    Perfect. They look crunchy and yummy.

  3. Aps says:

    Hey Girl!!!! Thnx for visiting my blog…. I loved the biscottis nd i wud love to try them as i never gave a try for biscoti ne time….they luk yum!!!

  4. Muskaan says:

    First time here, Perfect looking biscotti..and yes, very well goes with starbucks chai..

  5. Hema says:

    Yumm!!! Crispy and Picture Perfect Biscotti…

  6. Biscottis look so good…they must taste awesome too 🙂

  7. Mallika says:

    Hey awesome looking biscottis. I haven’t ever tried biscottis, but urs are tempting me. You have a nice blog layout too.

  8. Simply Life says:

    I love biscotti and that looks like the perfect combination!

  9. Rumana Rawat says:

    Perfect biscotti with tea, beautiful:-)

  10. These biscotti look so great, 1000 times better than Starbucks! (I won’t touch those!) Love the combo of cranberries and pistachios!

  11. Namitha says:

    love biscotti…these look perfect and yumm

  12. incidentalcooksuman says:

    thanks everyone for visiting my blog n for such wonderful comments…hope to see u guys often…

  13. Suman, thanks for visiting my blog. You too got a wonderful blog. I love these biscottis 🙂

  14. perfect looking biscotti…made last saturday…urs looks truly twice baked….yummm

  15. Perfect biscotti! Would go really well with a cuppa 🙂

  16. Suman, they look soooo beautiful. I love cranberries. Till my teeth goes raw and until they hurt I eat cranberries with salt. But haven”t tried dried ones or any items containing it. These cookies look so inviting.

  17. Perfect biscotti…am yet to try this beautiful one…looks very delicious,am sure to try it this time using your recipe..nice one suman

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