Monday, January 11, 2010

Eggless - Fruit and Nut Biscotti



I always love to try baked recipes and me being a vegetarian, eggless recipes makes it real special. I generally replace eggs with flax seeds or apple sauce.These fruit and nut biscotti has full of heart healthy ingredients like cranberry, almonds and other mixed candied fruit and nuts that gives a delectable taste and festive gift idea. Unlike cookies, biscotti are baked twice to retain the crispiness. The ingredients I used are:

1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of mixed candied fruits like pineapple,mango,peach,papaya
1/4 cup of cranberry
1/4 cup of roughly chopped almonds
1/3 cup of dark brown sugar
1/3 cup of granulated sugar
4 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp of butter
2 tbsp of apple sauce
2 tbsp of water
1 tbsp of powdered flax seeds
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1 tsp of cardamon powder
1 tsp of nutmeg powder
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp of baking powder




Preparation:

1. Warm 2 tbsp of water and soak the powdered flax seeds for about 5-10 minutes.

2. Keep aside 2 tbsp of flour to mix the dry fruits.

3. In a large bowl, mix butter,oil,sugar together until well blended.Mix in the vanilla extract, apple sauce, the flax mixture and beat well together.Combine, flour, baking powder and gradually stir all dry ingredients into the mixture.Stir in all the dry fruits and nuts by hand.

4. Make a dough out of the mixture and form a log. Flatten the top of log. Cover the log with cling foil and refrigerate for 25 -30 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 300 degree F. Drizzle some olive oil to the cookie sheet.

6. Bake the log for about 35 minutes in oven or until light brown.Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.Reduce oven heat to 275 degree F.

7. Cut the log on diagnol into 3/4 inch thick slices.Lay on buttered or oiled cookie sheet.Bake for about 8-10 minutes. Cool after removing from oven for 10 minutes.







Note: If desired, dip one end or one side of the biscotti in melted chocolate and place on waxed paper to harden the chocolate. Pack some of the bicottis in colorful gift bags for a homemade gift.

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