Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Red, White, and Blue Biscotti

Today is Improv Cooking Challenge Day! This month our ingredients are almonds and cherries. It just so happens that today also starts The Freshman Cook's 15 Days of Red, White, and Blue! So, in the holiday spirit, I baked  Red, White and Blue biscotti. This biscotti is simple and delicious. Oh, yeah, and festive too!!

Red, White and Blue Biscotti

2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 teaspoon grated Lemon Zest
Pinch of Salt
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Sliced Almonds
1/3 cup Dried Cherries
1/3 cup Dried Blueberries
1/4 cup White M and M's

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Beat sugar, butter, lemon zest, and salt in mixing bowl.
Whisk flour and baking powder together. Set aside.
 Add eggs 1 at a time.
Add the flour mix and blend together.
Stir in almonds, dried blueberries, dried cherries, and M and M's.
Shape the dough into a 13" by a 3" wide log on
 the parchment paper covered baking sheet.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, until golden  brown.
 Remove from oven and cool for 30 minutes.
Use a serrated knife, and slice the loaf of biscotti in to 1/2" slices.
Place the biscotti on its side and bake again for 10-15 minutes. 
Cool Completely.
Melt the white almond bark, dip the edges in, and
sprinkle some sprinkles on the white bark.


See you tomorrow for day 2 of
15 days of Red, White and Blue

Here's where we are celebrating this week:
Patriotic Project Parade Linky Party 

Here's what my friends at the Improv Cooking Challenge made:


  1. What a fun series. I am so glad that the improv fit into it with no problem. That biscotti looks super!!

  2. White M&Ms?!
    My son is already begging me to take him to Winco for some dried cherries & blueberries. (Way to go!) ;D

  3. These look like a cool dessert to serve at 4th of July BBQ. Lovely presentation!

  4. Looks great! I love biscotti and almost made some for the challenge, but then switched to a tart! But now I'm craving them again...

  5. Teri, how wonderful you could make a 4th of July treat for the Improv Challenge :) Your biscotti sound marvelous!!!

  6. Mmmmmmm your biscotti sounds delicious and is very beautiful! What a fantastic idea for the Improv Challenge!

  7. Teri...I need a biscotti baking lesson from you! Mine come out like doorstops! You have got some great stuff going on in these! Looking forward to your other red, white and blue concoctions! : )

  8. This is a great 4th of July Breakfast!! Uncle Sam would be proud! Please come check out my post #32

  9. You are so clever to do this. A great choice.

  10. Hi, come on over and pick up an award.

  11. Very festive and tasty too.