Apart from the current Polar weather applying to that title, this week’s been from one extreme to the other. From flat-out from Monday morning until this week’s paper went to press yesterday morning to sudden slow pre-Christmas week.
It’s also the last week in the 12 Weeks of Cookies and Sweets. Thank you so much to Brenda for hosting 🙂
For this week’s contribution, I wanted something Christmassy and biscotti came to mind. I found and adapted a recipe for nut “bread” from a GF book, thinking that with red cranberries and green pistachios, it would look lovely and festive.
Unofrtunately, I didn’t have any pistachios, which buggered that idea slightly. If you could just imagine a green glow to the almonds I had to use, I’d appreciate it 🙂
70g plain flour (I used Doves Farm GF white blend)
75g caster sugar
2 egg whites
70g almonds, chopped
80g dried cranberries
1/2tsp grated lemon zest
Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 1lb loaf tin
Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks in a large bowl. Gradually add the sugar, a tablespoon at a time, while still beating the eggs. Once the sugar’s all mixed in, fold in the flour, then the zest and finally the almonds/pistachios and cranberries.
Spoon into the tin and bake for 30 minutes, till gold on top.
Leave the mix in the tin to cool, then wrap in foil and chill for at least three hours (I left it overnight).
Preheat the oven to 150C. Turn the “cake” out of the loaf tin and cut into slices, about 5mm thick (not too thin or they’ll fall apart). Place on a lined sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until golden and crispy.
Even though these weren’t quite as I’d planned, they were really good. Crisp and light, with delicious flavour from the cranberries… definitely Christmassy, even without the pistachios – and those I took to work didn’t hang around long.
Sadly, that’s the last week of cookie joy, which has been a pleasure – and not just because I’ve got to eat deliciousness every week. I’d never made biscotti before, nor had I tried panforte or lebkuchen, for example. (All the 12 Weeks recipes are at the bottom of this page.)
My favourite of all though, has to be the quinoa cookies, which I’ve made, er, quite a few times since. They’re so easy and I don’t think you can go wrong with the almond butter/maple syrup combination…
I hope you’ve liked the contributions! What’s your favourite Christmas cookie or treat? And don’t forget to enter my Zalando giveaway… even if I did manage to link to the German Facebook page instead of the UK one… 🙂
Edit: I don’t know why the pictures vanished at first!