Calling all biscotti lovers! I can’t wait to share this Fruity Brazil Nut Jeweled Holiday Biscotti Recipe with all of you.
The holiday period is fast approaching; and if you’re like me, it always starts off like a marathon: conversations with families and friends usually during the last summer barbecues, asking which family member will host, coordinating between both sides of the family, specifications and themes for the gift exchanges… and then, before you know it, it’s the middle of winter and it becomes the sprint of a lifetime… and you swear that it’s the last year that you are running this crazy race!
The good news is that it does get easier with a little planning and prioritizing. It really is a matter of identifying, fine tuning and simplifying what is important to you, and then everything becomes a little more manageable.
Take, for example, the whole issue of gift-giving and baking during the holiday season. When I realized, years ago, that cookies make fantastic hostess gifts, I started making cookies with a frenzied purpose. In order to help me organize myself, I started making a cookie calendar, which I would plan out in the fall. The cookie calendar helped me make a schedule of which cookies I would bake, and when, depending on how well they keep in the freezer. I would always start my cookie production in the beginning of December with biscotti week.
Have you guessed that I have a thing for biscotti? Biscotti are easy to make, there are so many different varieties that can be made and they freeze super well! If you also have a thing for biscotti, you’ve come to the right place! And guess what? We are not alone! I would invite you to take notice of the wonderful collection of biscotti recipes shared by Food Bloggers of Canada. Over 30 biscotti recipes! And today, I would like to add one more option for you to choose from – Fruity Brazil Nut Jeweled Holiday Biscotti Recipe.
When I describe these Holiday biscotti as being fruity, that’s because it has dried figs, apricots, pineapple, cranberries, and mixed peel in it. This wonderful dried fruit will get coarsely chopped and then combined with Brazil nuts and ½ cup of the dry ingredients. Try to separate the fruits as much as possible so that there are no clumps. Remember to leave the Brazil nuts whole as they will provide a wonderful visual once your biscotti are sliced.
Once you have beaten your eggs, add the dry ingredients. And then gently fold in the nuts and fruit. You will notice that you cannot roll this batter into a log. What I do is drop large serving spoons of batter on a parchment lined cookie sheet in order to achieve the shape of two logs. (I also use this technique for these Simple Classic Italian Honey Almond Cocoa Biscotti). The biscotti will be rustic looking but they taste great!
Then it is just a matter of slicing them. Biscotti, as you may know, is Italian for “twice-cooked” – so if you like a bit of a crunch, put those biscotti back in the oven again for a second round of baking 🙂
Origin of Fruity Brazil Nut Jeweled Holiday Biscotti Recipe:
I was first introduced to this Fruity Brazil Nut Jeweled Holiday Biscotti Recipe when I was a teenager.
Just like the recipe for the honey almond biscotti, the origin of this recipe can be traced to my Zia Maria. These biscotti were one of my mom’s favorite and her sister would often drop them off just because that’s what older sisters would do! I, for one, was always super happy to see my aunt popping in for a surprise visit – it almost always meant some biscotti and baked goods were coming our way!
This is a very versatile recipe and as long as you keep the proportions equal, you can easily vary your ingredients. My aunt’s original recipe had maraschino red cherries which I replaced with cranberries. I also decreased the brown sugar by half.
These Fruity Brazil Nut Jeweled Holiday Biscotti are not only a family favorite, they are also so easy to make. As a result, they are usually one of the first biscotti recipes that I make in preparation for the holiday season.
Have you started your holiday baking yet?
Fruity Brazil Nut Jeweled Holiday Biscotti Recipe
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- pinch salt
- 1½ cups dried figs coarsely chopped (180 grams)
- 1½ cups dried apricots coarsely chopped (180 grams)
- ½ cup citrus peel or mixed peel
- ¼ cup dried pineapple chunks coarsely chopped (40 grams)
- ¼ cup dried cranberries 40 grams
- 2 cups whole brazil nuts 300 grams
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 325° F. Position rack in the center.
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, sift dry ingredients together, set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cut up fruits and the brazil nuts with ½ cup of dry ingredients, set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, or bowl of electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whisk the eggs on medium high speed for about 2 minutes.
- Add brown sugar and vanilla extract and whisk for another 2 minutes.
- Add the remainder 1 cup of dry ingredients and whisk until just incorporated (do not over mix).
- Fold in chopped fruit and brazil nuts.
- With a large mixing spoon, place mixture and parchment lined baking sheet. Form into 2 logs (refer to explanation in text of article).
- Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until firm to the touch.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool down.
- Transfer to cutting board.
- Using a serrated knife, slice cookies about ½ inch thick.
- Optional: Place sliced biscotti on the baking sheets, and bake for about another 5-10 minutes (the longer they stay in the oven, the crispier they get).
- Can be stored at room temperature for a few weeks...if they last that long. Can also be frozen.
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Ciao for now!