{Dried Fruit Biscotti} – Biscotti cu fructe uscate

dried fruit biscotti

I’ve not always been a cookie lover. I used to avoid baking them, thinking that they are a bit too simple to make. Now, to be fully honest, there was a time in my life when I really needed a challenge, I needed complex recipes, I needed to learn. Now that the process is going at the rate I want it, I can relax, chill out and bake whatever I want, cookies included.

dried fruit biscotti

Biscotti however, are not your regular cookies! They are baked twice, therefore turn out really crispy and dry, but at the same time packed with flavor. A cup of coffee of warm milk is the perfect match for a batch of dried fruit biscotti or any other cookie for that matter! They sure make an excellent morning treat, but my favorite part is that you can play with ingredients, you can replace dried fruits with mixed nuts or chocolate chips, you can add cocoa powder, you can do so many things with a basic biscotti recipe!

The fruit mix I used for this recipe includes: apricots, plums, apples, raisins and oranges, but I’m thinking that these dried fruit biscotti would be amazing with a mix of tropical fruits, such as banana, pineapple, mango and coconut or perhaps with a touch of candied ginger and citrus peel. That’s a whole world of flavors opening in front of me and I love that about a recipe!

{Dried Fruit Biscotti}
 
Author:
Ingredients:
  • 250g all-purpose white flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 125g white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 150g mixed dried fruits, chopped
  • 50g almonds, chopped
Directions:
  1. Sift the flour with salt and baking powder and place aside.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar in a bowl and mix for 5 minutes until the mixture becomes pale.
  3. Stir in the eggs, one by one, then add the orange zest and vanilla and mix well.
  4. Using a spatula, fold in the flour then add the dried fruits and almonds.
  5. Spread the dough into two equal parts then shape each part into a wide log. I recommend shaping the logs straight on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  6. Freeze the dough for 20 minutes then bake in the preheated oven at 350F for 20 minutes until slightly golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven, allow to cool down for 10 minutes then cut each log into 1cm thick slices.
  8. Arrange the slices with the cut facing up on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and continue baking for another 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
  9. Allow to cool in the pan before serving.

biscotti cu fructe uscateROMANIAN

Fursecurile nu sunt un produs de cofetarie pe care l-am agreat usor. A fost o perioada in viata mea cand credeam ca sunt [arca prea simple, dar uitandu-ma acum in urma imi dau seama ca pur si simplu la timpul respectiv aveam nevoie de provocari, aveam nevoie sa progresez, sa simt ca invat reteta cu reteta. Acum pot spune ca da, fursecurile sunt simple, dar tocmai asta e partea grea la ele. Pentru ca simplitatea nu poate duce decat la perfectiune, asa incat sunt extrem de pretentioasa cand vine vorba de fursecuri. Pur si simplu nu ai marja de eroare la fursecuri – mai mult zahar duce la fursecuri mai dulci si gumoase, mai multa grasime produce fursecuri umede si tot asa. Practic orice ingredient are un rol in reteta si modificarea lui schimba complet rezultatul. Alte produse de cofetarie sunt usor mai permisive asa ca pentru mine, realizarea fursecurilor e chestie de disciplina mai mult decat de orice altceva.

Poti insa sa jonglezi cu ingredientele aditionale: fructe uscate, ciocolata, alune, nuci, migdale, fulgi de ovaz ori alte seminte sanatoase, poti adauga elemente crocante sau elemente care se topesc la copt.

dried fruit biscotti

 

Biscotti cu fructe uscate
 
Author:
Ingredients:
  • 250g faina alba
  • 1½ lingurite praf de copt
  • ¼ lingurita sare
  • 125g unt, temperatura camerei
  • 125g zahar alb
  • 2 oua intregi
  • 1 lingurita coaja de portocala
  • ½ lingurita extract de vanilie
  • 150g fructe uscate, tocate
  • 50g migdale, tocate
Directions:
  1. Cerneti faina cu sarea si praful de copt si dati deoparte.
  2. Combinati untul si zaharul intr-un bol si mixati pentru 5 minute pana obtineti un amestec deschis la culoare.
  3. Adaugati ouale, unul cate unul, apoi coaja de portocala si vanilia si mixati bine.
  4. Folosind o spatula, incorporati faina, apoi fructele uscate si migdalele.
  5. Impartiti aluatul in doua parti egale si formati din fiecare bucata de aluat un sul de aproximativ 8-10cm latime.
  6. Dati cele doua suluri la congelator pentru 20 minute apoi coaceti in cuptorul preincalzit la 180C pentru 20 minute pana devin usor aurii.
  7. Scoateti din cuptor, lasati sa se raceasca 10 minute, apoi taiati in felii usor oblice de 1cm grosime.
  8. Asezati feliile cu taietura in sus pe o tava de copt tapetata cu hartie de copt si continuati sa coaceti pentru inca 15-20 minute pana devin complet aurii si crocante.
  9. Lasati sa se raceasca in tava inainte de servire.

dried fruit biscotti

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