How To Make Cherry Biscotti

April 12 00:00 2001 Print This Article

These twice-baked Italian cookies go perfectly with a fresh, hot cup of coffee or cappuccino.. This recipe makes about 2-1/2 dozen.

Here is the equipment you will need:

  • Two mixing bowls; one large, one medium
  • Electric mixer
  • Measuring cup for liquids
  • Measuring cups for dry ingredients
  • Measuring spoons
  • Citrus zester or small grater
  • Chopping board
  • Paring knife
  • Serrated knife
  • Cookie sheets
  • Wire cooling racks

Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped dried tart cherries
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Granulated sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons additional flour

    Dried tart cherries are a new way to enjoy cherries. They make a great snack and are a delicious addition to many recipes. Dried cherries are available at gourmet and specialty stores and selected supermarkets.

Here's how you do it:

Combine 3/4 cup sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed, scraping bowl often, 2 to 3 minutes, or until mixture is thick and pale in color.

step 1 With a citrus zester or small grater, rub across orange peel being careful not to include white pith. Cut thin strips of peel into small pieces. Cut orange in half and squeeze juice through a strainer into a small cup. Measure juice and orange peel, as required by recipe.

Add oil, orange juice, orange peel and vanilla; beat 1 to 2 minutes, or until well mixed.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, walnuts, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Mix with an electric mixer on low speed 1 to 2 minutes, or until well mixed. Stir in cherries by hand.

step Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. (Use about 2 tablespoons flour. Dough will be soft and sticky.) Lightly sprinkle the dough with an additional 1 tablespoon of flour; knead flour into dough.

step With floured hands, shape dough into 2 (8x2-inch) logs. Place 3 to 4 inches apart on a greased baking sheet; flatten tops slightly.

Combine egg white and water; brush on logs. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until light brown and firm to the touch. Let cool on baking sheet 15 minutes.

step Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees. With a serrated knife, cut logs diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. Arrange slices, cut-side down, on baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes; turn slices. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove to wire rack; let cool completely.

Source: National Cherry Board

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