I was introduced to these gorgeous biscotti last September at a Macmillan coffee morning hosted by my lovely friend, Sue. Lots of scrumptious homemade cakes graced her table but it was the biscotti that I enjoyed the most. That very afternoon, I was on the email to request the recipe. It turns out that Sue’s son, Josh, had made the biscotti and on contacting him, I discovered that the recipe originated from 2012 Great British Bake Off winner, John Whaite. A perfect accompaniment to a good, strong cup of coffee, the combination of pistachio, orange and rosemary is simply exquisite and the recipe is so very, very easy. So, ‘thank you’ to Sue and Josh for the recipe and for prompting me to buy the John Whaite Bakes cookery book. Try these biscotti – best shared with friends.
What you need…
125g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
75g caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
Zest of 1 large orange
50g dried apricots, roughly chopped
80g pistachios, roughly chopped
1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
1 tablespoon milk
What to do…
Preheat oven to 180°c / 350°f / gas 4.
Into your food processor tip the flour, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, apricots, pistachios and rosemary. Whizz until all the ingredients are evenly mixed.
Beat the egg and milk together and then add to the other ingredients. Whizz again until a dough is formed. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and give the dough a quick knead to bring it all together and roll it out to form a long, fat sausage, maybe 23cms in length.
Place on a baking sheet lined with Bake O Glide or parchment paper and then pop in the oven to bake for 25 minutes or until light golden brown.
Remove from the oven and, using a really sharp serrated knife, cut into 1cm-thick slices. Pop back in the oven and reduce the temperature to 130°c / 250°f / gas ½ and bake for a further 15 minutes.
Allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Then make yourself a lovely strong coffee and sit back and enjoy these delicious, crunchy biscotti – just yummy and very moreish!
Josh initially and then John Whaite
Dead easy. Got up, showered. Made biscotti. Had coffee. Lovely morning!