I have to say my favourite was definitely the biscotti. One of my coworkers described them as "unreal" (which is a compliment... I think), but no matter how you slice it, they're absolutely delicious dunked into a mug of citrus-scented black tea.
Because I'm a masochist (and also because I happened to find a bag of Meyer lemons at the store earlier this month), I decided to candy my own lemon peels rather than buying store-bought. I find that the lemon flavour of the biscotti was slightly more intense, especially with Meyers as opposed to regular lemons, though the ginger and pistachio still held their own.
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp salt
½ cup pistachios, shelled and chopped
¼ cup finely chopped crystallised ginger
¼ cup finely chopped candied lemon
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1 tbsp water
1 egg white
1 tablespoon sugar
Preheat oven to 350F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, ground ginger and salt. Stir until evenly combined. Add the pistachios, crystallized ginger and candied lemon, and stir to distribute evenly throughout the flour mixture.
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, zest, and eggs until frothy. Pour into the dry ingredients and combine until you have a loose, crumbly dough. Turn out onto a clean surface and, using hands, knead lightly until you have a soft, cohesive dough.
Divide dough into two halves. Shape each half into a 9" long log, and place on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 6" between the two logs. Gently flatten each log to about 1" thick.
In a small bowl, whisk together water and egg white. Brush over the rolls, and top with a sprinkling of sugar.
Bake the biscotti in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until just barely browned. Remove from oven and set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 325F.
Once biscotti are cool enough to handle, cut into ¾" thick diagonal slices using a serrated knife (you should have ~ 36 slices). Arrange the slices on the baking sheet, cut side up, and return to the oven to bake for 15 minutes or until crisp and lightly toasted.
Set the biscotti on a wire rack to cool completely, then pack in an airtight container. If stored in a cool dry spot, these cookies can keep for several weeks, though they'll probaby get gobbled up much faster than that.
I love biscotti, but lemon pistachio sounds amazing. The only kind I've had is orange/almond. Definitely trying this one next year...what a neat combination of flavors
Bianca @Hermosa Beach Restaurant Examiner says
Looks great! Happy New Year!
Wow we are on the same culinary wavelength I made candied grapefruit peels the other day and thought "Why am I doing this, it is taking FOREVER!!!!" But in the end, the effort is always worth it :)
I love love love biscotti -- at one of the places I use to work at they made a coconut pistachio biscotti. I just got a new zester for Christmas so I am looking forward to trying it out with this recipe :) Happy New Year Isabelle!!
These look delicious. Yum.