Sunday, 10 April 2011

Pistachio Biscotti

Where have I been or what have I been doing? I am still enjoying the wonderful April weather, it's been sunny and warm (20degC), which is rather rare for early spring. The whole city is buzzing when weather is nice, people will go out to lie on the grass and enjoy a sun kiss skin. After all, you've to enjoy the brilliant sunshine weekend, any other things will take second place. I've been baking to enjoy the freshness of baked goods right from the oven. So I thought I should give it a try at biscotti. Baking cookies are quick and no hassle. The enjoyment of having freshly baked cookies with a cup of freshly brew coffee or tea is an enjoyment to behold.

Pistachio Biscotti
Ingredients (make about 30)

  • 280 gm flour

  • 250 gm butter softened

  • 130 gm caster sugar

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 tsp brandy

  • pinch of salt

  • 1 egg yolk lightly beaten

  • 85 gm pistachio nut roughly chopped

  • Icing sugar for dusting (optional)

  1. Cream the butter and sugar . Then add in egg yolk. Mix well.

  2. Then add in brandy, pistachio, flour and salt. Use a spoon to mix well.

  3. Pour the soft dough onto cling film and wrap around and roll into a log.

  4. Then put in the fridge and cool for an hour.

  5. Pre heat oven to 190C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

  6. Remove the log from fridge, unwrap the cling film, use a sharp knife and cut diagonally into 5mm slices.

  7. Place them on the baking tray.

  8. Bake for 12minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool f0r 5 minutes in the oven, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

I took some lovely pictures again from Cambridge and my garden.....

I love April for its tulips, cherry blossom and lovely weather.......

King's College Chapel

The leaves has appeared on the trees

View of King's College from The Backs

Punting on Cam River

Jerry guarding his daffodil

Daffodils Salome

Daffodils and Tulips at back garden

Spring colors in my back garden

Bright yellow tulip brightening up a shady corner

Always make time for a cuppa

Flowering bleeding heart

Tulips in the raised beds at front garden

Tulips Appeldorn


Ann said...

Jerry is so cute.

fen said...

you can start charging people to have tea at your garden already...

Anonymous said...

I love ur cat and the tulips. :)

Christine Toh said...

Hi Ann,

Yes Jerry is cute but can be annoying sometimes :-), i.e sleeping flat out on my flower bed

Christine Toh said...

Hi Fen,

I'll give you free tea if you come and visit :-)

Christine Toh said...

Hi Jaz,

Jerry is not my pet cat but my neighbors, but he spent most his time in my garden during warm weather. Yes I consider him my half pet:-)