Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti

Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti | http://lemonsandanchovies.com

 

My larder is at its fullest on Sundays.  Besides the staples–apples, yogurt, bread, salad greens, vegetables–I also stock up on menu-specific items and seasonal fruit.  Lately my grocery bags have been a little heavier from the blueberries, strawberries and cherries I’ve been picking up each week, hoping to be able to bake scones, a cake or a tart on my days off.  You can probably see where this is going since I haven’t shared any such recipes here lately.

By the time baking day rolls around I have only a handful of the berries and cherries left–if they even lasted one or two days.  The other day my husband said while he was slicing strawberries into his bowl of yogurt and flaxseed:

“You know I’m not a big fan of strawberries, right?”

Uh, after close to 15 years together…yeah.  So I asked him, “Then why do you eat them when you’ve got a crisper full of apples?” 

“Because they’ll go bad if I don’t eat them right away.”

So if you never see a baked fresh berry or cherry treat around here, it’s because my husband has taken on the “burden” of making sure our kitchen is free from rotten fruit.  It’s a tough job but I guess someone’s got to do it.

 

Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti | http://lemonsandanchovies.com

 

It’s a good thing I am no stranger to figuring out Plan Bs.  I’ve been dying to bake with cherries for weeks but besides the few you see in these pictures, the last batch I brought home never made it past the first day.  The Cherry-Almond cake would have to wait another day but there was no reason not to bake biscotti when I had a bag of dried cherries in the pantry.

The chocolate, almonds and cherries are magical together in these biscotti.  Not too sweet, crisp but not too dry with the occasional chewiness from the dried cherries, these were a hit with my husband who, by the way, said mid-bite, “Did you know I’m not that big a fan of cherries…”

 

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This is my contribution to this month’s Chocolate Party.  For more Chocolate-Cherry goodness and previous months’ chocolate pairings, click the image below.

 

Chocolate Party 2

 

 

Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti | http://lemonsandanchovies.com

 

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Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti
 
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Chocolate, almonds and cherries are magical together in these crisp-but-not-too-dry biscotti.
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • ⅓ cup chopped almonds
  • ⅓ cup chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup dried cherries
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar on medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and and unsweetened cocoa and beat just until combined.
  4. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition then the almond extract. Add the almonds, dried cherries and chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  5. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and shape it into a 12-inch-long log. Transfer the log to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes until the log is firm. The log will spread during this time. Take it out of the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting it. If it’s not firm enough to cut with a knife, put it back in the oven in 2-minute intervals. Leave the oven on.
  6. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on the diagonal into ½ -inch-thick slices. Place the biscotti cut side up on the lined baking sheet and bake for an additional 12 to 15 minutes, or until crisp. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  7. Store the biscotti in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 2 weeks. Makes 18-2o biscotti.

 

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Comments

  1. I love biscotti with cherries, these look perfect with tea! (In fact, I’d probably sneak one for breakfast ;)).

  2. Jean, I love the photos!! (I think they’re one of my fav. by you so far!)
    With delightful biscotti such as these, I’m sure any non-berry lover would be tempted to change their views. :D

    • lemonsandanchovies says:

      Valerie, thanks! I actually wasn’t sure about these pictures after I took them so I’m very happy for your comment!

  3. You make biscotti look so good Jean!! I chuckled when I read this post…maybe you need a secret fridge to hold your berries lol;-)
    I went to the farmer’s market and loaded up on more berries and cherries this morning- I just can’t help myself and I will most likely need some berry eating help soon ;-) Thank goodness for dried cherries!

  4. Suzanne says:

    Wonderful biscotti, beautiful photos Jean!

  5. I love the word larder! Not many people use that word! And if something tasty like this comes out of it…hellz-to-the-yeah! Love it! Did I tell you that I love the chocolate and cherry combo? Sweet and tart heaven!

  6. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    I am with Jen-larder is such a fun and rarely used word;)Gorgeous biscotti. how perfect would they be here with me now and a hot cup of tea;)

  7. Great word Jean!!! Loving these chocolate and cherry almond biscottis! You have certainly set the tone for enjoying these beauties. I can just imagine reading a great book while nibbling on a few of these. Happy Sunday!!

  8. Very tempting! Those biscotti are wonderful. Perfect for nibbling on while reading.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  9. I love biscotti… Just one crunchy cookie keeps me satisfied and solves my sweet tooth. Love the pistachios in this one!!

  10. Almonds I meant almonds!!

  11. I wish my husband would eat the fruit and veggies out of our fridge to help them from going bad!
    Love the choice of biscotti for the chocoalteparty this month.

  12. Ha! I laughed out loud, I guess even after 15 years there’s still some things to learn about each other…

  13. Jeremy Pool says:

    Escited to try these. So what’s the theory on flour, etc. before eggs?

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