Ontario Christmas Biscotti
Crisp and crunchy, biscotti are lovely with a glass of wine or dunked into a cup of hot cocoa. These delicious, no fuss cookies can be made from Ontario ingredients. If you can’t find Ontario ingredients, shop at an independent grocer. Enjoy!
½ cup (125 mL) unsalted butter
1 cup (250 mL) sugar
2 farm fresh eggs
1 teaspoon (5 mL) pure vanilla extract
2 cups (500 mL) all purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons (7.5 mL) baking powder
dash of salt
1 cup (250 mL) Niagara walnuts
½ cup (125 mL) dried Niagara cherries or dried Ontario cranberries
Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Beat the butter, sugar and eggs in a large bowl of an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Meanwhile, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Add dry ingredients to the whipped butter mixture and stir only to incorporate. Add the walnuts and dried cherries or cranberries.
Shape the dough into 2 logs on a baking sheet. Flatten the logs into ¾- thickness. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 300°F (150°C). Slice the log into 1-inch slices and place each slice on its side. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven, turn the cookies over and bake another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.
Recipe courtesy of the Ontario Table’s ezine, $10 Challenge: A Year of Eating Local, December edition, by Lynn Ogryzlo. Find more great recipes, featuring the best local food from across the province, in the Ontario Table—available on the Green Living Marketplace.