Pistachio Apricot and Orange Flower Water Biscotti

I wish I had more time to bake for my own family and friends this holiday season. I’ve been so busy lately. Biscotti of different kinds are always on my “to-bake” list around Christmas time. They keep well and make a nice gift.

I wish all my readers and fellow-bloggers the Merriest Christmas and Happy Holiday! And thank you very much for your kind comments and warm wishes!

Makes about 2 dozens perfect-looking plus a few more not-so-attractive

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp orange flower water
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 oz (about 1 cup) pistachio nuts (can be salted)
  • 5 oz (about 1 cup) chopped dry apricots

Preparation:

Center the oven rack. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a large baking sheet with a parchment paper or silicon mat.

Rub the sugar and orange zest in a small bowl until the sugar gets moist and aromatic.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl.

Beat the butter and the sugar mixture in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in the orange flower water and vanilla extract. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour mixture and beat just until combined. Stir in the pistachios and chopped apricots with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.

Halve the dough and place both portions on the prepared baking sheet. Form each piece into a 10-inch long log, and place them at least 3 inches apart. Smooth and slightly flatten the logs with the dampened fingers.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the logs are golden brown and firm to the touch. Cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 F. Transfer the logs to a cutting board and with a sharp serrated knife, cut each log into ½-inch slices. Arrange the slices standing them on their bottoms on the same baking sheet and return to the oven for about 15 minutes, until crisp. Cool completely on the wire rack.

Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.

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19 Responses to “Pistachio Apricot and Orange Flower Water Biscotti”

  1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family! :)

  2. These are beautiful Vera… just gorgeous! Hope the holidays are wonderful & the new year too! Much love…xoxo

  3. Wonderful!

    happy Holidays and all the very best for the New Year!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  4. Vera, those biscotti look absolutely perfect, but what I really love is the unusual touch of orange flower water. It really makes them so much more sophisticated!

    Happy Holidays!!

  5. Merry christmas, Vera! All the blessings!
    Great biscotti! Got all ingredients ready, will make tomorrow for our “End of the year” BBQ with colleagues :-)
    Please clarify, each part will be 10 inches long, how thick and how wide it should be?

  6. Thank you Y, Deeba, Rosa, Laura!

    Elena, yes, each log should be about 10 inches long. It will be a bit less than 1 inch thick. It doesn’t really matter how wide it will be, if you made it long and thick enough – you will cut it diagonally later.
    Merry Christmas to you too!

  7. Very beautiful, and I’m sure are very tasty.
    Merry Christmas! to you and your family.

  8. Those are so beautiful!
    Merry Christmas!1

  9. Merry Christmas, Vera! These biscotti sound (and look) mouth-wateringly delicious. I’ll be running to the store tomorrow for orange water, then home again to mix up a batch of these. Thanks! :)

    Happy New Year,

    Kate

  10. I forgot to mention that I’ve started a second blog, just recipes. It got too hard to organized the recipe posts on my old blog (http:shiborigirl.blogspot.com/)

    Kate

  11. I’ve always been curious about orange water.. can imagine the refreshing scent it would lend to the biscotti. Happy holidays to you!

  12. I’m drinking a tea right now, I just wish I could reach my screen to have a couple of those!

  13. Thank you, everyone, for your kind words!

    Happy holidays to you all!

  14. Hello i read your site frequently and thought i would wish you all the best for 2010!

  15. so beautiful! I should try to do them here, successful for sure!

  16. Pistachios, orange flower water, apricot, yum…this is a delicious combination.

  17. Can you pls suggest substitute for Orange Flower Water.

  18. Thanks Vera, that looks perfect.. i made it and it came out super tasty.!! but not so perfect look. M going to make one more batch on my friends request coz they liked it very much..!!thanks again..

  19. Bindia, I’m so glad you and your friends liked them! Thank you for the feedback!

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