Chocolate And Pistachio Biscotti

Biscotti is perfect to dunk into a good strong coffee.  My kids like to dunk it into a glass of milk and in fact they insist on having a glass of milk everytime they get biscotti.  Biscotti is for dunking as far as they are concerned and I think they are right.

It is also a good back up dessert.  We had friends for dinner recently and I stuffed up dessert but thankfully I had biscotti in the pantry so I served a big scoop of ice-cream with a handful of fresh raspberries and biscotti.  Delicious!  The kids were quite happy to dunk their biscotti into ice-cream.

You can add whatever nuts you like or chocolate chips.  This recipe is a Bill Granger and I love the pistachios scattered throughout the dark chocolate.  The colour is very pretty and so tasty.  Dried cranberries and white choc chips are festive for Christmas.

It will last for a good month stored in an airtight container and is a good edible gift at Christmas or anytime.  Wrap half a dozen slices in a cellophane bag and tie with a ribbon.  Who wouldn’t be happy to get that!

chocolate and pistachio biscotti

(from Bill Grangers book ‘Feed Me Now’ – a very demanding title which would not be tolerated around my table)

160g caster sugar
2 eggs
150g plain flour
60g good quality cocoa powder
80g pistachio nuts

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.  Line a baking tray.

In a mixmaster beat together the eggs and sugar for a few minutes, until thick and pale.  Sift over the flour and cocoa powder and stir through with a wooden spoon.  Add the nuts and mix well using a clean hand.

Form the dough into two flattish logs and bake for 20 minutes or until firm.  Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Lower the oven to 120 degrees C.  Using a serrated bread knife, cut the logs into slices about 7mm thick.  Spread the slices out on the baking tray in a single layer and bake for about 20 minutes, turning over halfway.

Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

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2 Responses to Chocolate And Pistachio Biscotti

  1. Cassie says:

    I’m not half the cook you are Natalie, I made this easy biscotti recipe the day you posted it, somehow I had to add double the amount of flour to get it into a log shape, and mine look pale and uninviting. Oh well – might try again another time. I’m cooking the whole fish and lemony potatoes tonight – my friend lent me the very same book – it looks like a beauty, but then like you I also like Bill and most of what he cooks up.

  2. natalie says:

    Oh no! The dough is sticky. Maybe pop it in the fridge before forming the logs so it easier to work with. I made this biscotti a few weeks ago and I am starting to wonder now if I had to add flour. I know it was sticky and I’m wondering if I added a handful of extra flour to help – wouldn’t have been a lot or I would remember – will make again and get back to you.
    Dinner sounds divine! I’m going to look up that fish recipe now.

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