Menu
Lifestyle

Twice-cooked delight

These pretty Christmas biscotti make an ideal gift.
These pretty Christmas biscotti make an ideal gift. 123rf

I'VE ALWAYS thought it preferable to make Christmas gifts where possible; it shows you really care.

I've made many food gifts over the years; preserves are always a popular item, as are nut brittles, flavoured vinegars and oils. If you don't have a good working knowledge of preserving foods, be careful to follow recipes to the letter. Some goods, such as homemade marinated feta, can easily turn into a disaster; common inclusions such as garlic or herbs need to be treated with a food acid before marinating to prevent botulism.

Biscotti are a pretty gift idea that are easy to make and fairly foolproof. This recipe is one of my favourite basics, but for Christmas I make them with dried cranberries and pistachios. Warn the recipients they are designed to dunk - in coffee or sweet wine - so no-one ends up with a broken tooth.

Christmas biscotti

Makes 24

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup (220g) caster sugar

2 large free-range eggs

Finely grated rind of 1 lemon

2 cups (300g) plain flour, sifted

1/2 tsp baking powder

150g shelled roasted pistachio nuts

1/2 cup craisins (dried cranberries)

METHOD: Preheat oven to 170 degrees.

Line a large baking tray with baking paper.

Place sugar, eggs and grated lemon rind in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until pale and thick.

Fold in sifted flour and baking powder; when combined, add pistachios and craisins. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form the dough into two logs, approximately 25cm x 5cm. Place logs on prepared baking tray. They will spread so leave space between them. Bake for 25-30 minutes until firm to the touch and pale gold. Place on a rack to cool for two hours.

Preheat the oven to 140 degrees. Once logs are cool, use a serrated knife (a steak knife or electric knife is ideal) to cut diagonally into 5mm slices. If the log feels like it may crumble around the edges, hold firmly while slicing. Broken chunks can be pressed back on.

Lay slices flat on the baking tray and return to oven for 25-30 minutes, turning once, until completely dried out. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Once cool, package in cellophane or clear airtight containers and tie with a ribbon.

Contact Maggie at maggies.column@bigpond.com

Topics:  christmas easy eating food general-seniors-news recipe



Ferry return to service delayed

No Caption

Service will not resume as expected

This weekend's Northern Rivers markets list

TRADITIONAL: The Lismore Carboot Market has been operating for three decades.

Where to get fresh coffee and great local produce from

Local Partners

‘I have slept with 100 people’

MANY of us would be coy about revealing how many sexual partners we’ve had. It’s unlikely we’d attempt to track them down again.

Pregnant Erin Molan hospitalised

Erin Molan has been announced as the new host of the Footy Show. Picture: Jonathan Ng

She collapsed, hitting her head on the ground

Botched jump led to years of hell

Hilary Judith nearly died in a skydiving accident. But that was only the start of the trauma.

Her body was reliving the accident, over and over again

Return to sender

HEAR THE ECHO: The Mountain Story is a metaphor for life in general.

Like a voice echoes in the mountains, in life we get what we give

Tough love day care

.

Nothing quite like a headbutt in modern child raising

Don't just dream about it

RELAX: Create an inviting place to retire to at night with a comfortable mattress and quality bedding.

Make your bed a place where dreams are made

Turn over a new leaf

Cordyline leaves background

Turn over a new leaf