Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Lemon Pistachio Biscotti
The Great Christmas Cookie Swap Cookbook - a great book full of large batch cookie recipes made for sharing. I halved this one and changed the mix-ins to get the flavor I wanted.
Lemon Pistachio Biscotti
3 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C packed, light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 C pistachios (you can buy shelled bags at Trader Joe's)
zest of 2 lemons
Mix dry ingredients in one bowl, set aside. Cream butter and sugars together, then add eggs and vanilla, beating well after each egg. Stir in flour mixture - mixture will be thick and crumbly. Finally add nuts and lemon zest - I knead in gently with my hands to mix at this point.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment or silpats. Divide dough in half and shape in two rectangles - flatten with hands and slope edges to get traditional biscotti shape. Bake for 30 minutes - toothpick should come out clean. Let cool 10 - 15 minutes and then move to cutting board and slice on the diagonal into half inch slices. Lay on cookie sheets cut side down. Bake 10 minutes on one side, then flip over and bake 10 more minutes on other cut side.
Let cool completely and glaze.
You can make this with lemons, limes or oranges. I used lemon here :-)
1 C powdered sugar
juice and zest from one lemon (or lime, probably juice of only half an orange)
Mix together, add more juice or sugar to get the thickness you want and drizzle over cooled biscotti.
Try not to eat them all!
We also made a Triple Ginger variety: substitute 1 Tbsp ground ginger, 1/4 tsp ground pepper and 2/3 C finely chopped crystallized ginger for the lemon zest and pistachios. The glaze on the ginger variety was an orange citrus glaze. Oh and I found an 8oz bag of candied ginger at Trader Joe's for only $1.49!!! Chopped and tossed in sugar I called that just great for this recipe and a total steal.
I love making yummy treats to share during the holidays, still thinking about what else I'm going to make this year. Many of my favorite holiday memories include food, so it's a nice way to travel down memory lane while hopefully creating those same memories with my own sweet girl. Some other holiday favorites you might see around here this month: Mom's Caramel Corn, Gram's Sugar Cookies, Lumberjacks (you know you're curious) and Linzer Bars. Mmmmm. If anyone has favorite recipes to share I'd love to hear about them! Also linking up with Debbie over at A Quilter's Table - Tuesdays at the Table always has an amazing collection of links to check out :-)