Dried Fruit CANTUCCI / BISCOTTI

CANTUCCI con frutta secca tropicale in italiano

As you I’m actually from Italy, but I must admit that the only “cantucci” I was used to are the ones sold st Starbucks, those that you can find individually wrapped and displayed just by the till.

What you have just read sounds like sacrilege to any Italian, that’s why I apologize to all italians reading this post.

Truth is I thought these Biscotti (which is actually their most used name in english) were very difficult to make, there was no way I could make Biscotti. But I was wrong, they are not difficult to make, at all. The thing I love about Cantucci is that you can make them with different types of dried fruits, chocolate etc Although traditionally biscotti are made just with almonds.

INGREDIENTS

For about 20 Cantucci

  • 240g of dried TROPICAL fruit
  • 290 g of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ts of vanilla extract
  • 1 tof baking powder
  • 1/4 ts of salt
  • 470g of flour

METHOD

Preheat your oven to 165°

  1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In bowl of your standing mixer (use paddle attachment) beat the sugar and eggs on high speed until  fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract.
  3. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt, then add the eggs mixture and the dried fruit. Combine the two mixtures.
  4. Place this dough on a floured surface, make a long “sausage” shaped dough out of it, about 30cm long, and 10 cm wide. It is very sticky so you can flour your hands to help you shaping it.
  5. Now place it on to a baking tray lined with parchment paper. And bake in a pre-heated oven, please note temperature here should be 165°, for about 25/30 minutes.
  6. Take the baking tin out of the oven and with a knife, cut it in 18-20 slices, 2cm wide, each.
  7. Do it now, if you wait it will cool down and it will be  impossible to slice it.
  8. Now take the tin back into the oven for about 18 minutes, at 150°.
  9. Turn each Biscotti every 9 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool. They will get harder when cooled.

You see? It was not that difficult, was it? I’m sure your Cantucci are going to be super yummy. Please let me know what you’ve used to flavour them, dried fruit? Almonds?!

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