Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti. Our friend Mike makes the best.
We met Mike Lamp through our mutual friends, Greg and Cauleen and got to know him at gatherings at their house. Gatherings like the annual New Year’s Day pork and sauerkraut celebration, the Halloween night chicken pot pie event, and the annual Easter egg hunt and ham extravaganza. All of us invited bring something to add to the meal, and it’s always a treat to see what Mike brings. He has a knack of picking something impressive and creative which he crafts perfectly leading all of us to quickly gather round the platter for the traditional viewing and the culinary explanation behind his creation.
I rest my case with this photo of his swoon-worthy chocolate dipped candied orange peel that he brought one holiday. And this past January he showed up with a container of homemade biscotti. Loaded with dried cranberries and pistachios and spiked with the zest of an orange and almond exract, it was hands down the best biscotti I’ve ever tasted. Mike revealed that the recipe came from Williams and Sonoma, but I couldn’t find a link to lead to the recipe. Let’s take a look.
Biscotti is a fairly uncomplicated project, combining flour and butter, fruit and nuts and shaping into logs before baking.
Biscotti gets it’s signature texture from a double bake. After they come out of the oven, use a serrated knife and slice on the diagional. Lay the pieces flat and pop them back into the oven for a 2nd bake.
Cool biscotti on a wire rack and then store in air tight containers for two weeks worth of treats to enjoy with your morning coffee. This recipe was easy enough for even me the non-baker to make. Thanks for tip on a great recipe Mike.
This photo comes from the CPR web site. Mike Lamp is an award winning journalist and currently the morning host of Colorado Public Radio’s news service. He produces interviews heard on “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered”.
You can always tell a good recipe by it’s tell-tale wear and tear use. Cauleen shared her copy with me.
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