Now you are probably beginning to get the idea that food is a bit of a feature of my christmas. Every year at work, rather than spend a fortune on little prezzies that no one really wants I decided to bake cookies and cakes….well obviously this has gone down well as I have had orders for my gingerbread men and cranberry biscotti starting in mid september….. there is also a little gingerbread thief who will remain nameless that is sure to pinch them if they are left on any desks unattended!
Well today has been baking day and here is the recipe for my Cranberry Biscotti should you wish to partake. You can add in Pistachio’s currants or white chocolate chips….. what ever takes your fancy…. well it is Christmas.
Half a cup of light olive oil
Three quarters of a cup of caster sugar
Two teaspoons of vanilla extract
One and three quarters of a cup of plain flour
One teaspoon of baking powder
Quarter a teaspoon of salt
Half a cup of cranberries
Half a cup of White chocolate Chips / Pistachio nuts / Currants
Pre heat oven to 150 degrees
Mix together the oil and sugar till well combined. Add in the vanilla extract and then beat in the eggs. Combine the flour, salt and baking powder before mixing in the fruit and nuts etc by hand.
Divide the dough into two, the dough will be very sticky so I wrap in cling wrap and place in the fridge for an hour in a sausage shape. Place on a baking paper covered banking tray
Bake for 35 minutes, or until the logs are a light brown. Remove from the oven and then allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Cut into slices on the diagonal about a centimetre apart, then lie on side on the baking sheet and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until dry and then leave to cool…. yum! I then wrap in little bags with a bit of ribbon….. and hey presto the perfect little something gift!
Now let me see if I can find those swans a swimming!!!