Poor fruitcake..... It really does have a bad reputation....The mass-produced version is loaded with ingredients, some questionable at best, artificial at worst, and it has so much sugar that your dentist would cringe if he or she only knew...It's the butt of holiday jokes and hated by most people who are on the receiving end when gifted.
But much like anything, the homemade version is so much better! But that's another story....Instead, let's focus on something most everyone loves: biscotti!
I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't like a good biscotto. Dipped in an espresso, anisette liquor or glass of vin santo, and you have yourself a most perfect treat!
But how can we change it up a bit and make them more "Christmassy?" Hazelnut and anise biscotti are great and all, but they are so "everyday" that they hardly scream "holidays." So how about some fruitcake biscotti!? Now, I know what you might be thinking.... But "I HATE fruitcake!" But unlike the dreaded fruitcake, these are delicious, crisp, but not rock hard, eggy and hit the spot during this time of year! Other than the candid fruit, the rest of the ingredients are very basic and you likely already have them in the fridge and pantry. For the fruit mix, I use Paradise Old English Fruit and Peel Mix. It's cut just right in size, very small and perfect for these biscotti. And amazingly, the mix is not overly sweet.
Double-baked, as biscotti usually are, these crisp up and get a bit chewy, from all the fruit. Left un-toasted, and they remain a bit cake-like and a bit softer.
Be sure to add these to your holiday baking list this year for a new twist on a classic treat!
3 ½ tablespoons butter
3 cups flour + 1 tablespoon
1 ½ cups sugar
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ cups fruit cake mix (mix of candid citrus peel, cherries, pineapple)
4 egg yolks, divided
Zest of 1 orange
1 tablespoon honey
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