Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti, Awards and an Blog Hop event

I like biscotti... for being guilt-free with no added fat and its delicious flavours.

This biscotti recipe originates from one of the older issues of Donna Hay magazine and I have decided to re-visit this old one after seeing similar biscotti posts by Viv from Green Cilantro and Jessie from Jessie Cooking Moments.

These biscotti are quite similar to the one I made previously but unlike my previous biscotti, these were baked for just 10 min for their second bake. I like these ones better as they are not as firm as the ones that was baked for 30 min.
 
cranberry pistachio biscotti 
These biscotti are very yummy and I'm baking lots of them this time!

Here's recipe from Donna Hay Magazine, Issue Dec 2011 / Jan 2012
(with my modification in blue)

Make 80
2 cups (300g) plain flour, sifted
1 1 /2 tsp baking powder, sifted
3/4 cup (165g) caster sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp finely grated orange rind
1 cup (130g) sweetened dried cranberries
1 cup (140g) shelled unsalted pistachios
Preheat oven to 160°C (or 150°C fan forced). Place the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon to combine.

Add the eggs, vanilla, orange rind, cranberries and pistachios and mix until a smooth dough dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface and knead until smooth. Divide the dough into 2 (or 3) equal portions and roll each portion into a 20 cm (or 15 cm if the dough is divided into 3 portions) long log. Flatten slightly and place on a lightly greased baking trays lined with non stick baking paper.

Bake for 30-35 min or until firm. Set aside to cool completely. Use a serrated knife to cut the logs into 3mm thick slices and place the slices on baking trays lined with non baking paper. Bake for a further 8-10 min or until golden and crisp. Allow to cool on trays.

Happy Baking
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Don't forget that share your favourite Donna Hay recipe with us!

Please join my blog hop event, Cook like a Star starting on 1st Mar 2012 (which is less than 1 week to go!).

To join, all you have to do is to cook or bake any of Donna Hay's recipes. Her recipes can be from her cookbooks, magazines and websites and simply do a blog hop with me on the whole month of March 2012. For more details, please see this.

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Just before I end this post, I would like take this opportunity to thank my following blogging friends who have given an award for the last 2 months. I must say that their blogs are fantastic and each has an unique style of cooking and baking. I'm very happy and honored to be a follower of their blog as I learn lots of cooking knowledge from them.

Chris from Yummy Bakes

NEL from the batter baker

Vivian from Vivian Pang Kitchen

Doris from Tested and Tasted

Ridwan from Ridwan's Kitchen

Jasline from Food is my Life

Ambreen from Simply Sweet and Savoury

Thank you so much for sharing all your delicious recipes and your support.

48 comments:

  1. Looks lovely n perfect..I too prepared these fat free ones a month back, tasted good!!

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  2. You really came out with lovely tasty Biscotti. Love these but never tried making them. You are tempting me for sure.
    Rita

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  3. Love the look of these and I recently bought pistachios on a whim so will bookmark this recipe for future use. Congratulations on your awards - well deserved! :)

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  4. aahhh Zoe I love Biscottis and these look delicious!!

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  5. It looks gorgeous with green and red color speckled all over ! It's perfectly-baked , too ! Now , throw some of that here please ! ;D

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  6. Pistachio is my fav...the wrapping looks great and nice too.

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  7. Zoe, for the bake along...can i post it now or on that 28/2/2012 itself? 28/2/2012 is the last date to submit/post?

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    1. Starting from 28 Feb, we are doing our Bake-Along in the form of blog hops and the linky code is open for 7 days. You can post and link up your post with us on 28/2/2012 or any day within the the next 7 days.

      Will be nice if you can bake-along with us :D

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  8. Congratulations on the awards - they're certainly well deserved! Your biscotti are stunning! I love, Love, LOVE the photos in this post! Delicious and beautiful!

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  9. Mhmm I love biscotti! Yours looks delicious!

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  10. Thanks for the link. I'm happy to follow and learn from your blog too. Biscotti sound very easy to make and low in fat. Should try one day. Looking forward for the blog hop event. :)

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  11. Congratulations on your award Zoe, and the biscottis look great, like the cranberry and pistachio combo.
    Great pictures as always...
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

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  12. I cook something from Donna Hay, almost every week, so I would love to join in.

    Your biscotti is tempting. You asked what kind of recipes are linked to Bake with Bizzy. Anything baked, savory or sweet. I noticed a few people linked up other recipes but the idea for the link is anything baked from chicken to brownies. Come on over and link this up or something else.

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  13. Wow, that is really a lot.
    I wish I have some egg whites now

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  14. We have a similiar type of "biscotti" in our region. my grandma used to make it. I can imagine how much my grandfather would have loved your version with the pistachios inside. Great recipe, I thank u for sharing! =)

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  15. This biscotti does look fabulous! I have never tried this flavor combo, but it does sound tasty. Thanks for sharing this one.
    Also, congrats on the awards!

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  16. You bake so many! I have been looking to bake biscotti too, THnaks for the recipe.

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  17. Biscotti looks so beautiful and Yummy,and cranberry and pistacio YUm,they are good together,I will try to search Donna hay recipe so maybe I can participate this event,I hope :)
    Ridwan

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  18. Oh yes, the blog hop. Thanks for the reminder. Seems like so many blog hops around these days.
    Your biscotti looks fantastic! Now you've got me craving for them.

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  19. These look really good! I love the combination!

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  20. I love biscotti and yours looks so good! I have a couple of recipes which I have bookmarked and never got round to making them!
    Congratulations on your awards! You sure deserved them and lots more!

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  21. very nice color combination..like christmas! i also noticed that there are no gaps in your biscotti, a perfect one!

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  22. I seldom bake biscotti simply because my boys do not eat them so I ended up having to finish them all by myself...would love to try some of yours, they looks so crispy and delicious! great with a cup of hot chocolate!

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  23. I keep seeing all of these yummy biscotti posts every where. I really should try making some!

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  24. They look yummy!Not to mention how beautiful they are!Kisses,dear!

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  25. Wow..Looking really yumm..U made it perfectly..

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  26. I tried this recipe before, also from donna hay magazine, this is good!

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  27. Your biscotti definitely goes well with a cup of coffee or tea! What a treat.

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  28. I also enjoy biscotti quite a bit! They are perfect coffee dunkers.

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  29. I love the beautiful colors in your biscotti! Pistachios with cranberries is one of my favorite combinations. I can see why you made lots- I'm sure they go quickly! :)

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  30. Ok Zoe! I just copied the badge and I am going to join you on this cooking adventure. It's going to be fun and a challenge I am up for! So I am guessing that I need to make and post a Donna Hay recipe sometime in March right?

    Looking forward to giving this a try as it's my first blog hop!

    Yippee!

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  31. congrats, you definitely deserve winnign(:

    the biscotti looks gorgeous! and I love pistachios in anything, cranberries just make it even better!

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  32. Zoe, I've already baked a cake from Donna Hay, will link up in March.
    Happy weekend!

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  33. Oh yes, I love biscotti too. Put me in a corner with a plateful of them and a cup of pipping hot black coffee, and I'm your best fren! lol

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  34. Oh, I love the idea of a shorter second baking time. I'm not a dipper, so sometimes biscotti can be way too hard :) Yours looks perfectly delicious!

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  35. Congratulations on your award Zoe and these biscotti with the whole pistachios in them look absolutely mouthwatering!

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  36. Your Biscotti looks yummy enough. Can't help drooling over your clicks!

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  37. First time here ... glad to follow you ...very yummy biscuits ...very awesome recipes visit my blog
    www.sriyafood.blogspot.com

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  38. I had some store brough biscotti before but I didn't really like it. But yours look very nice and colourful and I'm sure they taste much better than the commercial one and it's low fat, too! I love your kitchen gloves, they're easy to clean and my kids always need them when they're helping out in the kitchen.

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  39. i need to try cooking biscotti, you've inspired me :)

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  40. Your biscotti look really good! I made exactly the same ones from an English magazine just before Christmas...but wish I'd seen your advice first, my second bake was a little long and they were quite firm...so next time I won't leave them quite so long!!

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  41. These biscottis look great & with the addition of cranberries make them look even more stunning! Great combination! Congratulation on your well deserve award! Your blog is fab & I'm your new follower now. Hopefully I can join your Cook Like A Star challenge this month. Have a lovely week! :)

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  42. Your biscotti looks fabulous! Dear Zoe! I've tagged you, please check it out :)

    Tropical Cake Balls; Tagged & Award

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  43. Oh no,I've mistaken that "Cook like a Star" ended in the month of Feb & because of that I actually baked a cake using Donna Hay's recipe.Photos didn't even take properly due to lack of time.Hmmm,I'm thinking whether should I post it now or later.

    Nice biscotti, I love it!

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  44. Super delicious biscotti - love the ingredients you use - they look very pretty too!
    Mary x

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  45. Guess what! I DID make them. Just last night. Check it out: http://lifestooshorttoskipdessert.blogspot.com/2012/03/cranberry-pistachio-biscotti.html
    :)

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  46. Oooh these look so yummy~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://cookiecutter.com/autumncupcakestencils.aspx

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