Cherry Nut Biscotti

Cherry Nut Biscotti

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons grated lime peel

1/4 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

3/4 cup dried tart cherries

3 eggs

1-1/4 cups shelled pistachios

In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and lime rind. Pulse until the lime rind is very fine. Add butter and cherries and pulse until cherries are coarsely chopped.

In a bowl, beat eggs lightly. Spoon out 1 tablespoon beaten egg and set aside. Add remainder to flour mixture, along with the pistachios. Pulse until dough is evenly moistened. (Dough will be sticky.)

On a well-floured surface, divide dough into four portions. Shape each into rolls 9 inches long. Place on prepared sheet at least 2 inches apart. Press lightly to flatten and brush with reserved egg. Bake in preheated oven 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool on sheets about 15 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board. Cut into slices 1/2-inch thick and place upright on sheet. Bake 15 minutes more until crisp. Immediately transfer to wire racks to cool.

Yield: About 3 dozen


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