You can make these cookies up to a week ahead and store them at room temperature in an airtight container. When buying dried cherries, look for those without added sugar. Serve with coffee or tea.
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 7 1/2 ounces)
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (about 5 1/8 ounces)
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup dried sweet cherries, chopped
3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted and chopped
Cooking spray (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Combine rind, butter, juice, almond extract, and eggs in a bowl; stir with a whisk. Add egg mixture to flour mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Stir in cherries and almonds. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 8 times. Divide dough in half. Shape each portion into an 11-inch-long roll. Place rolls 4 inches apart on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper.
Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until golden. Remove the rolls from pan, and cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Cut each roll diagonally into 20 (1/2-inch) slices. Carefully stand slices upright on baking sheet.
Reduce oven temperature to 325°.
Bake biscotti for 20 minutes or until almost firm (biscotti will be slightly soft in center but will continue to harden as they cool). Remove from baking sheet; cool completely on a wire rack.
A very tasty cookie. I used just a few dried cherries because of their cost and low-sugar cranberries for the rest of the dried fruit. Also used Hodgson Mill 1/2 unbleached/ 1/2 whole wheat flour instead of the two types indicated. Added just a bit more OJ since the dough seemed a little dry. Very nice pronounced orange flavor--we liked these a lot and they're super easy. I made exactly 1/2 the recipe for our small family.
Great recipe! I did not change anything in this recipe. I used fresh orange peel and the juice from that orange. I know I'll make this again. It would make a nice gift for someone at Christmas (put in a nice tin).
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