Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

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Okay, this post goes out to all my dunkers out there (you know who you are).  I think it’s safe to say this is one of the best biscotti recipes around.  I love the combination of cranberries and pistachios.  I also love my coffee black, and when I dip this delicious cookie down in my hot cup of java….YUMMMM!!!!  Come on, you know what I’m talking about!  

Well, let’s stop talking about it, and make these delicious gems…pronto!!  You are going to be very happy you did!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (279 grams)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar (150 grams)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • zest of one orange
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped (92 grams)
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries (106 grams)

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
    3. Whisk the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl to blend. IMG_0258-2
    4. Using an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, orange zest, vanilla bean extract, and salt in a large bowl to blend. Beat in the eggs 1 at a time. Add the flour mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in the pistachios and cranberries.

       

    5. Form the dough into a 13″ long X 3″ wide log on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until light golden, about 25-30 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes.

       

    6. Place the log on the cutting board. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-thick slices (I like to cut the ends off to have a little treat right away).  Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake the biscotti until they are pale golden, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer the biscotti to a rack and cool completely.
    7. Stir the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until the chocolate melts. Dip bottom of the biscotti into the melted chocolate. Gently shake off the excess chocolate. Place the biscotti on a baking sheet lined with parchment until the chocolate is set.IMG_0288-2IMG_0296-2The biscotti can be made ahead. Store them in an airtight container up to 4 days, or wrap them in plastic wrap and freeze in resealable plastic bags up to 3 weeks.  Of course, I like to eat mine immedieately:)!IMG_0361-2Go ahead…put your feet up, pour yourself a nice hot beverage, and dunk that biscotti.  You have my full permission!!

I hope you make these delicious treats, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your photos!

Cranberry Meringue Tart

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This tangy tart is delicious and is going to be a wonderful new addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.  It not only tastes good, it is visually appealing too…win, win!!

Although there are several components to this scrumptious dessert, trust me, it is worth every step!

Traditionally, curd is made by cooking citrus juice with sugar, eggs and butter until it becomes glossy and thick (lemon is the classic curd flavor).

When curd is being used as a filling, cornstarch is added as a thickening agent to ensure a firm texture.  However, because of it’s pectin rich skin and flesh, cranberry curd is made using the whole fruit.  They are so loaded with pectin (which forms a gel in the presence of sugar and acid) that the curd practically thickens itself!  This cranberry curd only needs 3 large egg yolks and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch to set up into a sliceable tart!!

Cranberry Curd Filling Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar (250 grams)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (120 grams)
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 3 large egg yolks, room temperature (save egg whites for meringue)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter, cubed (57 grams)

Instructions for Curd Filling:

Bring cranberries, sugar, water, zest and salt to boil in a medium saucepan over medium/high heat, stirring occasionally.  Adjust heat and maintain a gentle simmer.  Cover and cook until the cranberries burst and start to shrivel.  This takes about 10 minutes.

While the cranberries are cooking, whisk the egg yolks and cornstarch together in a small bowl until smooth.  Place the ramekin (or small bowl) in a slightly larger bowl filled with warm water.  This helps to slightly warm (not cook) the yolks so they don’t curdle when you put them in the hot cranberry mixture.

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Transfer the hot cranberry mixture and egg yolk mixture to a food processor until smooth (about 1 minute).  Scrape down sides as needed.

Add softened butter and process for another 30 seconds. Strain curd through a fine sieve (this will make the curd so silky smooth!).  Set aside while you make the crust.

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Let’s get started with the nutty, buttery almond crust.

Ingredients for crust:

  • 1 cup almond flour (112 grams)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch (64 grams)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (67 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled (85 grams)
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions for crust:

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Whisk the flour, cornstarch, sugar and salt in a bowl until combined.  Add the cooled melted butter and almond extract and stir until uniform dough forms.

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Press dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of an 8″ or 9″ tart pan.  Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Place pan with chilled dough on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes until crust is golden brown, rotating half way through baking process.

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Remove crust from the oven.

While crust is cooling, make meringue topping:).

Meringue ingredients:

3 large egg whites

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 cup fine granulated sugar (50 grams)

Instructions for Meringue:

Make sure mixing bowl and whisk beater are clean and free from any grease.

Whip the egg whites until they are foamy.  Add the cream of tartar and continue to mix on medium speed.  Add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time until smooth and glossy.  Increase speed and mix until stiff peaks form.  Don’t overmix or your meringue will be dry.

Place strained cranberry curd in slightly cooled crust and top with meringue.

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Place in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and cool completely before serving.  Enjoy!!

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I hope you make this delicious “Queen of Tarts”, and if you do, please tag me on Instagram @goodeatsbymimi.  I would love to hear from you and see your beautiful creations!!