Thursday, January 18, 2018

Italian Pistachio-Orange Biscotti (Cantucci)

Let's take the classic biscotti to the next level with these pistachios-filled, orange-flavored, chocolate-dipped delicious Italian cookies


Ready to bake some biscotti?! And I'm not talking about the usual Italian almond cookies. But something just as crunchy, and just as delicious as the classic biscotti, filled with whole toasted pistachios, a touch of orange aroma and half dipped in melted chocolate. And for an extra kick to your tastebuds make sure to sprinkle these cookies with more crushed pistachios, OR drizzle them with melted white chocolate. Your choice!
Take a look.


Which one is calling your name?!? I'd personally go with one (or at least one) of each. Cause, when two different cookies are in front of me, it's really my duty and responsibility to taste them both :) To savor and compare. 
Now I can safely state that you can't go wrong with either choice.

What I love most about these biscotti is not just the flavor combination (chocolate, orange and pistachio is a must-try!). But the crunchiness and crumbi-ness (if there is such a word) of these cookies. 
Most biscotti you find around are a little dry and sometimes jaw-breaking crunchy. With today's recipe you'll get a crunchy enough cookie that is great for dunking (think: cappuccino, latte, steamed milk, tea ...), but not too hard nor too dry, which is perfectly enjoyable all by itself. I promise, you won't break anything with my biscotti. Well... except maybe for your diet! These are so good you won't be able to stop at just one.

Enjoy:)

INGREDIENTS:

YIELD: about 30 cookies                                                                PRINTABLE RECIPE
    • 4 eggs
    • 3/4 cup (150 gr) of sugar
    • 4 oz (115 gr) of unsalted butter
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • zest of 1 orange
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
    • 2⅔ cups (400 gr) of all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
    • 1 ¼ cups (about 125 gr) of whole pistachios, divided
    • 1 cup (150 gr) of semi-sweet chocolate
    • 1 teaspoon of butter (optional)
    • 1/4 cup of white chocolate (optional)

PREPARATION:

TIME: 90 minutes
    Melt the butter by cutting it in pieces in a heat safe container, placing it in a small pan with an inch of boiling water, until it melts. Or melt in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds. Let it cool down.
    Preheat the oven to  350° F (175°C).
    In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the sugar until light and fluffy.
    Add the melted butter to the egg/sugar, together with a pinch of salt, the vanilla extract and the orange zest. Stir some more.
    Blend in the flour and the baking power.
    Fold in 1 cup of pistachios.

    Divide the dough in half. Place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle with a bit of flour and shape into two logs, flattened on top, and about 2 inch wide.



    Bake until golden around the edges, for about 25 minutes.
    Remove from the oven, and let it cool off for 10 minutes. On a cutting board, with a sharp knife, cut out the cookies diagonally into 1/2 inch thick biscotti. (about 30).
    Place them back on the cookie sheet. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12  more minutes, flip them around and bake for another 10 minutes, until each side is a little golden.

    Melt the chocolate. in microwave for 45 seconds (or double boiler). Mix and add 15 more seconds if needed. And add 1 teaspoon of butter if the chocolate is too dense for dipping.

    Dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate.
    And sprinkle with the remaining pistachios (crushed).
    You can also melt some white chocolate and drizzle on top.












    9 comments:

    1. Love this recipe, thank you for sharing.

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    2. Thank you so much , my husband always make Italian biscotti for Christmas. I like the take on yours . We are going to try your recipe, since our recipe is anise biscotti. We need a change from the same ones we make each year. Thanks again!

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      1. Thank you!! Let me know how it goes.
        My usual are actually the whole almond biscotti - with or whiteout chocolate dipping. You can find that recipe here: http://cookingwithmanuela.blogspot.com/2016/01/biscotti-almonds.html
        Both are a little softer (less hard/crunchy) than your average biscotti. I like them more this way :)

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    3. Nice, they look marvellous! The pictures are clear and beautiful, it makes me starve. :\

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