Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chocolate and Cherry Biscotti


Today is the first reveal of a new Dessert Challenge called Behind The Curtain!
 The Challenge is hosted by Sheryl, the blogger behind The Lady Behind The Curtain blog, and I am sure it will be a big success! I had such fun choosing what to make with this months ingredients, which are chocolate and cherry! Perfect for Valentine's Day, wouldn't you say? I had several different ideas, and I finally decided on a Chocolate Cherry Biscotti, and I am so happy I did. They turned out great, and they were the perfect gift for a friend!
Chocolate and Cherry Biscotti
1/2 cup Butter
3/4 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1/4 cup Maraschino Juice
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Orange Peel
2 3/4 cups Flour
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Maraschino Cherries, rough chopped
1/4 cup Pistachio Nuts, rough chopped
1/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips
4 ounces Milk Chocolate, chopped
Let's do some prep first:
 Zest your orange to get your orange peel.
Chop your pistachios.A rough chop will work fine.
A rough chop is a chop where the pieces do not have to be
a consistent, matching size.
Chop your cherries. This should be a rough chop also.

Now on to your recipe:
Cream your butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time.
Mix well. 
Blend in cherry juice, vanilla, and orange peel.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder,
and salt. Gradually stir this into the butter mix. Fold in the
cherries and nuts.
Add the chocolate chips.
Cover your dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate
for 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Use parchment paper, or spray your baking sheet.
 Shape your dough into 2 logs that are 1 1/2" in diameter.
Place the logs on your cookie sheet and bake for
20-25 minutes, or until golden and firm.
Remove the logs from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
Cut the logs into 1/2" slices and lay flat on your baking sheet.
Return to the oven and bake about 15 minutes, until golden.
Place the cookie slices on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
While your slices are cooling, melt your chocolate in a double boiler.
Dip the end of each slice into the chocolate.
I often use a spatula to help me get the chocolate 
where I want it and looking pretty.
Place the dipped cookies on your baking sheet
so the chocolate can set.
Once the chocolate is set, eat and enjoy!

Don't forget to tale a look at what everyone else
made today!

Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge

10 comments:

  1. I love all the flavors you combined in this recipe: orange, pistachios, cherries and chocolate. Your biscotti looks delicious! This would make a great Christmas treat, too. Pinned!

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  2. This biscotti looks delicious! What a great flavor combination too!

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  3. What a creative use of the ingredients! These look absolutely yummy!

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  4. What a great recipe! Thanks for participating in The Dessert Challenge. I can't wait to see what you make for next month's challenge. ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

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  5. What yummy biscotti, Teri! Dipping in chocolate was a fantastic idea :)

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  6. I love biscotti with a good cup of coffee and I will be trying these. Such a wonderful combination of flavors!

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  7. Looks so delicious! newest follower! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. New follower via Facebook and would love a "like" back. =)

    These look amazing!

    I would love for you to share this and link up to my TGIF Link Party! Who knows, you just might be featured next week!

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-peek-into-my-paradise-tgif-link-party.html

    Cathy

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