Fa-la-la-la Fruit cake! The holidays are here and it’s the perfect time to get doing some down and dirty baking.
Okay that was a little extreme, but baking for the holidays can seem like you are working in the trenches or on one of those reality shows where you are against the clock. No time to spare. From the crack of dawn until the deepest depths of the night my oven is working overtime.
Are you at the point where you dream of your oven timer going off? No, okay well me neither.
The days of relaxing and taking in the whole spectacle of the holidays is finally here. Our Christmas tree fully fell over twice this year and as I glance over at it, the star is no longer lit but you know, that is all okay. We are together and my daughter has taken a keen interest in everything Christmas. The spirit is strong in her this year. Oh, to be six again.
The mad rush is upon us with running from the kitchen, to the store, off to the Christmas concert, school activities, early dismissal while balancing work and making sure the kid is fed / in bed before I am. Another holiday season is planned out while secretly wishing for the New Year to come so things can slow down a bit.
But back to baking – those recipes that are the most deceptive in the most delightful way can be your saving grace. You know the ones where it looks like you spend days preparing, but really it was a quick put together? Well this is one of those.
These crunchy bites of heaven are the perfect solution for those drop in guests and last minute gift giving ideas
Biscotti- dressed to impress those teachers, neighbours and any last minute peeps that decide to give you a gift this year (Oh, really you shouldn’t have…., Here have a biscotti!). No seriously take the biscotti, I insist.
Don’t worry the recipe makes enough to give some away and stash a few for your own little celebrations at home. My plans are to grab some loaded nog, a Christmas special and cozy on up to the glow of the tree while nibbling away.
Merry moments to you and yours this holiday season.
Fruit filled and chocolate covered sweetness that is perfect for gift giving or snuggling up on the couch.
- 1/2 cup butter room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs room temperature
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 5 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup candied fruit mix chopped
- 1/2 cup candied citrus peel chopped
- 1/2 cup candied cherries chopped
- 1/4 cup currants
- 3/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup golden raisins
- 4 cups white chocolate wafers
- 1/4 cup course sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and prepare 2 banking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
In a stand mixer, beat the butter until cream. Slowly add in the sugar until combined & fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time. Add in the lemon zest & vanilla until mixed well.
In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder & salt. Add the flour mix to the butter mixture until just combined. Add 3/4 cups of candied fruit mix, all of the citrus peel, candied cherries, currants & both raisins until mixed through.
Divide the dough into 2 & shape each portion into a 2 inch log. Place on the parchment paper lined baking sheets. Flatten the logs slightly. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven & using a sharp knife or pastry cutter make slices about 1/2 inch thick. Lay the cut biscotti cut side down on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes longer. Remove from the oven & flip to the over so the other cut side is facing down. Bake for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on wire racks.
In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate wafers. Spoon over 1/3 of the end of each of the biscotti cookies. Before the chocolate sets, top with the remaining fruit mix and course sugar for garnish. Let the chocolate on the prepared cookies set before storing or serving.