Thursday, 4 December 2014

Christmas Baking: Festive Almond, Orange and Pistachio Biscotti

A couple of weeks back I was invited by Argos to film a few fun, family friendly and fabulously tasty Christmas recipes. 

The third and final in the series are these Festive Almond, Orange and Pistachio Biscotti. The perfect festive foodie gift for all those who share my sweet tooth!

Festive Almond, Orange and Pistachio Biscotti

200g plain flour
50g ground almonds
2 level tsp baking powder
2 tsp mixed spice
150g caster sugar 
Zest of 1 orange
2 eggs, beaten
50g flaked almonds
50g shelled pistachios
50g candied orange peel

1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
2. Put the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, spice and sugar in a large bowl and mix together. Stir in the zest and beaten eggs and, using your hands, bring the dough together. Knead the dough until well combined- it will initially appear very dry but will soon combine together. Work in the almonds, pistachios and peel.
3. Divide the dough into two and roll each ball into a long sausage shape. Place on the baking sheets and bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and firm to touch. Remove from the oven and, after a few minutes, once cool enough to handle, cut the dough into 1 cm biscuits, on the diagonal. 
4. Turn the oven down to 140C/120Cfan/Gas Mark 1. Lay the biscuits flat and bake for a further fifteen minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the biscuits over and bake for another 15 minutes. The biscuits will be golden and dry. 
5. Once cooled completely, store in an airtight box for up to a month

These videos were produced in association with Argos. Many of the equipment used on-set can be found at Argos, including a range of electric cookers, including integrated appliances, the Dualit toaster and even the cheery apron.

This post is in collaboration with Argos. 

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