Sunday, July 11, 2010

Sour Cherry (Cranberry) & Almond Biscotti - SMS

Some weeks I am on the fence whether or not to bake SMS. This week, I knew I wanted bake this biscotti. I love biscotti and these flavors sounded delicous. Despite some of the other SMS gals comments about how awesome the dried cherries are, I always to try to use what I have on hand. I use the dried cranberries I had in the cupboard. The recipe called from almond and vanilla extract. No almond extract in the cabinet, so I added a little extra vanilla. This recipe goes together quickly and easily. I thought the dough seemed really wet. Don't you just love those moments where you second guess yourself and wonder if you put in all of the flour? I decided to add another 1/4 cup of flour. I'm glad I did!!! The texture was perfect.

After cutting these for their second bake, I decided to taste one of the ends. Yum! I also thought they seemed done at that point. Based on this, I decided to shorten the second baking time for a less crunchy cookie. The recipe called for baking them an additional 60 minutes. I shortened the time to 30 minutes.




I love this recipe. I can't wait to experiment with the flavors on this one. These are going on my list for this year's holiday treats.

Thanks to Tracey of Made by Tray Tray for choosing this week's awesome recipe. Stop by here to check out all of the other SMS gals biscotti.

21 comments:

  1. I agree about the dough...I thought something was wrong with mine when I put it in the fridge.

    I Love the substitution of the cranberries...great job with the biscotti and the photo.

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  2. Love the picture. That is funny that you were second guessing yourself on the flour. I did the same thing, I thought I must have counted wrong on how much I added :)

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  3. I agree - these were so yummy, I'm eager to experiment with other ingredients!

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  4. Your biscotti look fantastic! I also snuck a taste after the first baking and I fell in love with the flavors. I almost didn't want to do the second baking...but since this is my first attempt at biscotti I figured I should follow the recipe. Next time I will also cut down the second baking time.

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  5. Great job! I tasted mine too after the first bake and wish I had baked them a little less as I prefered them less crunchy.

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  6. I had the same problem with the dough and added an extra 1/4 cup. Worked out perfectly! I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thanks for baking this week!

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  7. Hmmmm - your biscotti look picture perfect.

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  8. I was tempted by the dried cranberries in my pantry too, but I went with the cherries this time. I bet they're great with either! I would definitely have preferred these a little less crisp but they're probably perfect for those who like to really dunk their biscotti :)

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  9. Your biscotti looks delicious! Great flavors!

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  10. Yum, I love cranberries and vanilla and biscotti . . .

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  11. They are exceptionally crunchy after the full 60 minutes. Maybe I'll follow your lead next time and bake them for a little less time; your's look like they turned out great!

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  12. Your biscotti really look good and they sound delicious. The flavors are incredible. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  13. For some reason, I'd prefer the cherries to the cranberries. They are a tad sweeter I think. I've only made biscotti once, but I remember I wanted to stop after the first baking. I didn't though...and I was pleased.
    Next time I make them, I'll try your recipe out. Really looks good, Julie!

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  14. oh yes they would be perfect for the holiday, love the presentation

    sweetlife

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  15. Biscotti is my favorite cookie ever. This one looks amazing!

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  16. I agree - my dough was a little sticky too, so I think the extra flour wasn't just you. I like the idea of baking these for a little less time. We really enjoyed the flavor, but I found myself wishing they weren't quite so "done." Thanks for the idea!

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  17. Your biscotti looks terrific! I agree that it's good to use ingredients you have on hand; it can be easy to spend way too much on baking supplies.

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  18. I think biscotti are one of my favorite cookies! I was planning of sending a batch to a blogging friend and this recipe sounds really good. Glad you posted it :)

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