Today's top 9. My third feature post on the website. Another happy memories!
What make cooking feels good is that when people enjoying the food you made for them, and that your efforts were appreciated by them slowly munching away the food in contented silence. I like making cookies as gift for friends. I have made these mixed fruit and pumpkin seed biscotti for my friends and family. They seemed to like it...These biscotti are very easy to make but quite impressive as a gift. Why not make it as your very personal Christmas gift for your friends and family?
- 85g Un-refined cane sugar
- 1 Large egg
- 140g Plain flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Ground mixed spice (or allspice)
- 50g Mixed dried fruits
- 50g pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp Coffee extract (or freshly brew strong coffee)
- Oil (for greasing the baking sheet)
Pre-heat the oven to 180'C. Grease a baking sheet and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg and sugar together until pale and thick enough to form a trail. Measure all ingredients and sift the flour, baking powder and mixed spice and fold them into the egg mixture. Add the coffee extract. Mix to combine the flour and egg then stir in the fruits and seeds and mix lightly to a smooth dough. (The mixture can be a little sticky, coat your hand with flour when handling them)
On a lightly floured surface, shape the mixture into a long roll, and transfer it to the greased baking sheet. Reshape the roll on the baking sheet, slightly flatten the top the roll. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set aside to cool for few minutes.
Use a sharp knife, cut the roll, diagonally, into approximate 1.5mm thick slices. Arrange the slices back to the baking sheet. Bake in the oven for further 10 minutes or until golden.
Remove the biscotti from oven and place them on a wire rack to cool before storing them in an airtight container. These biscotti will keep for 2-3 weeks. (If only you can resist them temptation...!)
Serves it with a nice cup of coffee...