Golden and lightly crisped, these twice-baked cranberry pistachio biscotti are perfect for Christmas. A recipe from CPR celebrity, Mike Lamp.
Classic Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti. Our friend Mike makes the best. A slight variance from a traditional Italian Biscotti recipe, Cranberries and Pistachios add a festive holiday version.
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 extract, it was hands down the best biscotti I’ve ever tasted. 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”.
Let’s take a look at this basic Italian biscotti recipe with cranberries and pistachios:
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted and then cooled
- 1 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
- 1 cup pistachios coarse chopped and toasted
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Position rack in middle of oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Line a rimless baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- By mixer, in a large bowl, combine the eggs and sugar. Beat on medium speed until light in color and thick, about 3 minutes.
- Beat in melted butter, orange zest, vanilla and almond extract on low speed until blended.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Using a wooden spoon, stir in pistachios and cranberries. The dough will be soft and sticky.
- Scoop half of the dough onto 1/2 of the prepared baking sheet and form it into a log 10 inches long. Repeat with the remaining dough, and space the logs about 3 inches apart. Press the logs gently to make them 3 inches wide. With damp fingertips, gently smooth the surface of the logs.
- Bake the logs until they are crisp and golden on the outside. 20 – 25 minutes. The centers will be soft.
- Remove from oven and lower oven temperature to 300. Let the logs cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.
- With a wide spatula, transfer the logs to a cutting board. Using a serrated knife cut the logs crosswise on a diagonal into slices 3/4 inch thick. Arrange the slices cut side down and 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet.
- Return to the oven and bake until cookies are crisp and brown on the outside, about 17 – 22 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The interior of the cookies will become crisp as they cool.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 weeks.
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