Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pistachio Lemon Biscotti

Copenhegan is in news these days, lot of talks and discussion going on for climate change.While we were out in Central London for our usual weekend small tours, we landed up in Traflagar Square on Saturday.To our amusement ,ok also to my daughter’s amusement there was a sea of Santa there.Wondering about this and all curious , we went near to it , took some snaps,later we realized that they were protesting against global warming and climate change .They all shouted some slogans , don’t know what that was though .But some of them were in party mood with beer cans(Is beer cans bio-degradable?)We also happened to see a nice ice-sculpture of giant Polar Bear.Visit here for more details-- Ice Polar Bear
The ice sculpture was made on 11 th of December ,it will continue to be there upto 20 th of December to see and touch till it gradually melts away.This is all to depict the impact of global warming on earth.This is something incredible , while me and daughter were admiring ,touching the giant ice sculpture , one of the representative got in touch with my husband.They talked and my husband agreed to help out in small way giving little monetary benefits or donations to their funds. IF you also want to donate or know more then visit -- Here
That made me think, other than monetary benefits what are the other way we can help out to control global warming. I had started an event ,which got very few response, I am not surprised as these things always take back seat.If you feel , you may read it here --Save The Earth
Before I jump to the recipe, I must give you a rough idea that India is also on the radar of global warming( it is one of the few tipping points for global warming),recent drought affecting several states is just the tip of beginning. Think and act or it may be too late.
Since this is Christmas time ,I will be posting a simple biscotti recipe today, then in next post apple buns.
I don’t know exactly the difference between a cookie and a biscotti , but to me a biscotti is near to a cookie except the shape and the way it is baked or should I say twice baked.Butter and sugar is creamed together first and then the flour mixture is added gradually.baked to golden as long log/slab shape , then carefully it is cut into stripes of half to 1 inch of thickness.These slices are again baked till they are well toasted.

Pistachio Lemon Biscotti

1and 1 tbs cup –all purpose flour
¾ tsp of baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 egg
¼ cup of sugar(granulated cane sugar)
¼ cup of butter
½ tsp of fresh lemon zest
1 tbs of fresh lemon juice
¼ cup of shelled,chopped pistachio

In a bowl,mix in flour,baking powder and salt
In a separate bowl, mix in sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Now beat in egg,lemon zest and juice thoroughly.Mix in chopped pistachios.
Now slowly add the flour mixture and keep mixing till all the flour mixture is used.
Divide the dough into two parts.On a prepared sheet,shape each portion to a somewhat rectangular log of about 1 ½ inch wide by ½ inch thick by 12-14 inch long .
Bake in a preheated oven at 160 deg C or 325 deg F for 25-30 mints.(mine took exactly 25 mints) or until light golden and firm.
Take out and let it cool for 5 mints on a rack.
Now transfer it to cutting board .Using serrated knife, cut each baked log into slices.
Pace the knife at 45 deg angle and then cut each slices into ½ -1 inch thick slices.
Again arrange the cut slices on a baking sheet and bake another 6 mints .Take out and turn the slices, bake the other ends some more 6 mints or till dry and toasted.
Take out and let them cool.
Store them in an air tight container; at room temperature they remain fresh up to 1 week.
If you want, you may refrigerate and it remains fresh till 1 month.
One more close look,

You may double the recipe for more biscotti.
And you may add walnuts/hazelnuts/almonds in place of pistachio.
Or you may use dried fruits such as apricots, cranberries. Just soften it before mixing in the dough by submerging in hot water for few mints.Otherwise it may turn too hard.
Happy Cooking Friends


  1. Delicous looking biscotti.
    Why didn't you for to the Food blod connect which was held in London last month.
    They are also having this june.

  2. Arre baah Jaya, this looks such a neat and yummy recipe!
    Good to see you baking a lot these days...I have to get back to it, actually only yesterday I was thinking upon which one to start with --a chocolate layered cake, a carrot cake, a banana/apple cake or a fruit cake!!
    If I take too long to decide, I will end up with NO cakes at all :)

  3. Yummy, would taste so good with my morning coffee..

  4. Happy,
    thanks and yeah not sure about it ..let me think about it :)....

    get starting what are you waiting for :) ....yeah have been baking a lot , many a times forget to take pictures ..last time made blueberry fruit loaf ..it came out very nice,kinto chobi tole ni , khete eto beshto chilaam je :) ...
    snow poerche kaal ratri e eyikhane ...

    yeah thats so right , hey! have you enjoyed the snow ..

    hugs and smiles

  5. shotti Jaya, bhabte 2 ii shomoy chole jaaye...drive taa khuje paaii naa aar!! kintu ei weekend bhabchhii korbo...
    snow dekhte khoob bhalo laage taai naa...

  6. first time here....Nice biscotti's...in my to-try list from long time...and for snow, my daughter is so eagrly waiting....on 21/dec. she said if winter starts today then why it's not snowing...kids...

  7. My first visit here, biscotti looks great, love your write up....

  8. Biscotti kine khayi! Aar tumi aito simple ekta explanation diye, you bowled me over. I am a fluke baker. Some days I really mess up! I have to learn the tricks of the trade from people like you.

  9. Pree,
    this is absolutely a easy one , If I can do it(being a novice in baking) ,I am sure you can do it with ease.Try it ,you will just love the flavour of it :).

    hi and thanks for coming.

    good to see you here :)..

    hugs and smiles

  10. All the fellow bloggers are so busy patting each others' backs that they don't even read the recipe. Where is the pistachio? Would like to make this as got too many Meyer's lemons this year from my tree.


    Seema Prasad


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