This is a blogpost I’ve been meaning to write for ages now. Before I went away on holiday for a week I enjoyed watching the second week of The Great British Bake Off, which was biscuit week. For the contestants’ Signature Bake they were asked to bake biscotti. This is not easy, to get delicious flavours, the right amount of crunch and to make sure that each biscotti was exactly the same size.. well all I can say is I’m glad I wasn’t trying it out in the Bake Off tent.
I do love having a go at baking biscotti though. I hadn’t baked any for ages although it tends to be something I make for foodie presents at Christmas. I had to use ingredients in my baking cupboard rather than relying on one of the recipes for biscotti in the latest Great British Bake Off book “The Great British Bake Off Celebrations”. There is a delicious sounding recipe for Orange and Hazelnut Biscotti in the book. Now as I didn’t have any oranges or hazelnuts in, that was going to die a death. Instead I went for pistachio and cranberries and because I always think white chocolate goes well with cranberries, I used some white chocolate chunks as well.
This was the first thing I’d baked in a couple of weeks, what with our holiday and getting back into the swing of things. Hubby had gone away overnight and I was at home doing jobs with the kids. I knew that biscotti wouldn’t take me that long to bake but then realised that I should have waited to start baking. We were meant to be staying in catching up on jobs but I ended up having to nip out. So, as usual my baking session ended up being rushed.
Plain flour, caster sugar and baking powder was first put together into a big mixing bowl and combined. After this was done I added beaten eggs and finally the dried fruit, chcoolate, pistachios and grated lemon zest were mixed in. All formed into a huge ball of dough which was then split into two and rolled into two long logs. These logs were then baked on a greased baking sheet. They really expanded in the oven and thankfully didn’t stick together in one huge lump! Unfortunately I started to cut the biscotti up a bit too early, still a bit too soft and warm and this made them a bit difficult to cut up. Eventually I managed to get the separate biscotti pieces, I lost count of how many I cut up but they they did end up more or less the right size. Back into the oven they went to bake separately and to crisp up.
It took all of my willpower not to scoff one but when my husband got in from work, I caved in. My husband said he would have one with a cup of tea as it was going to be a while before our tea was ready. That was it, he was eating one so I had to join in. In fact he had two! They were delicious and I loved the flavour combination.
I enjoyed baking biscotti again and hope it won’t be too long before I can bake some more. I put all the leftover ones into a tin but because they were so moreish they didn’t last very long!
Love Sam xx