Holiday Cherry and Rum Biscotti
These biscotti is loaded with flavour, every bite yields bits of yummy goodness. Perfect for a snack with a cup of coffee or your favorite tea, and also make excellent Christmas gifts!
white, or regular
at room temperature
chopped and toasted
bittersweet, chopped into small and uneven chunks
Position rack in center of oven, preheat to 350°F.
Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
Combine dried cherries and raisins with rum in a small bowl. Set aside.
Pulse oats in a food processor until ground to a coarse, but uniform, meal.
Mix together the ground oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cardamom in a medium bowl.
Whisk eggs, sugar and butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Beat in orange zest, vanilla and almond extracts.
With the mixer on low, gradually add the dry ingredients just until incorporated.
Add the reserved dried fruit, along with any unabsorbed rum, pecans and chocolate and mix on low until evenly distributed.
On one of the prepared baking sheets, shape the dough into two 12-by-2½-inch logs. (The dough is sticky: wet or oiled hands make it easier to shape into a log.)
Bake in the center of the oven until lightly browned and feels set when gently touched, about 25 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes.
Reduce the oven temperature to 300°, reposition the racks to the upper and lower thirds of the oven.
Using a serrated knife with a gentle sawing motion, slice the partially cooled logs on a slight angle into ½-inch-thick slices. Make about 30 bisottis.
Arrange the slices, cut-side down, on the 2 baking sheets.
Bake the biscotti until they’re dry on top and lightly toasted on the bottom, about 15 minutes.
Turn over and bake for 15 minutes more on the second side.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Store in an air-tight container, or they can be frozen well too.