Apricot-White Chocolate Biscotti | Kitchen Confidante | Plated

Apricot & White Chocolate Biscotti

Apricot-White Chocolate Biscotti | Kitchen Confidante | Plated
Apricot & White Chocolate Biscotti

Apricot-White Chocolate Biscotti | Kitchen Confidante

I’m not sure what it is, but I have this odd obsession with adopting an Italian nonna. Rather, having an Italian nonna adopt me. As much love and pride and affection I have for my grandmother, an amazing cook, and whom I miss terribly, I do think if I could have a new grandmother to love, I’d find one who could teach me the secrets behind silky tomato sauce, homemade pasta and fresh mozzarella. We would make pizzelle together and bake fresh pizza in a wood-burning stove. Perhaps chat about life over a glass of Barolo. She would dispense her sage secrets to me, culinary and otherwise, and I would soak them up like ladyfingers in rum.

I would ask her, “Have you ever made Apricot & White Chocolate Biscotti?”

Apricot-White Chocolate Biscotti | Kitchen Confidante | Dried Apricots

Like many dishes, biscotti held a mystique for me — but I realize with many Italian dishes I tackle, there really is no mystery. Simplicity is often at the core. And these biscotti are perhaps the most non fussy and forgiving. There is no rolling out of dough, tedious cookie cutting or icing. I love its rustic charm.

Apricot-White Chocolate Biscotti | Kitchen Confidante | Plated

Since I don’t have a nonna, I hope you can join me instead. I’ll pour you a strong cup of coffee. Or is espresso you would prefer? We can sip and nibble and chat about our next adventure in the kitchen together.

Apricot & White Chocolate Biscotti

18 cookies | Prep: 20 minutes | Cook: 45 minutes

There was a time when I thought that the biscotti was a difficult cookie to make. Boy was I wrong! If you love crunchy cookies, you must give this a try.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup fine chopped dried apricots (about 12 dried apricots)
2 cups white chocolate chips, divided

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking pan by lining it with parchment paper or a silicone mat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and the baking powder.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix the butter, until it is soft and fluffy. Add the sugar, lemon zest and salt, and mix in. Add the eggs one at a time, and mix until just incorporated. Stir in the apricots and 1 cup of white chocolate chips.

Place the dough onto your prepared baking sheet and form it into a rectangular log, about 13x3 inches. Place in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the cookie log is golden brown. Let it cool for 30 minutes.

Transfer the cookie onto a cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut on a slight diagonal in 1/2 inch slices. Return the cookies to the baking sheet, arranging them cut side down. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cut sides are golden. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely.

Melt the remaining white chocolate in a double boiler (if you do not have one, bring a little water to a simmer in a small saucepan and place a heatproof bowl over it). Carefully transfer into a piping bag or ziploc bag. Drizzle generously over the cooled biscotti. Place in the refrigerator to firm for about 30 minutes.

Store the cookies in a sealed container.

Adapted from Holiday Biscotti by Giada De Laurentiis, Food Network.

Comments

  1. Thea

    These look wonderful!! Such great colours as well! I hope you are well! Yours, Thea

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    • Liren

      Thank you, Thea! I hope you’re well! I’m planning on relaxing this weekend with the newest issue of SisterMag :) I can’t wait!

  2. Valerie

    Beautiful, Liren! I love the phrase “…I would soak them up like ladyfingers in rum.” :)

    Biscotti is still on my to-bake list…I’m slightly intimidated by the speed required to slice something that’s partially baked. (Too much pressure!) Maybe it’s time to listen to my lonely cups of coffee and give it a go. :D

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    • Liren

      Thank you, Valerie. I do believe Tiramisu is next on my to-make list ;)

      Don’t be intimidated! Biscotti is fun, definitely give it a go.

  3. Jean

    Biscotti are so fun to make and even more fun to eat. Any Italian nonna would be proud to adopt you. Okay if I bring a pot of tea instead? Would love a piece or two of these lovely biscotti.

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  4. Marcie @ Flavor the Moments

    Oh, these biscotti are breathtaking! I’ve been on a dried apricot kick lately with granola and this weekend I’m putting some into my Irish soda bread. I’ve made biscotti before a few times, and this is at the top of my list to make next time I do. This will be a great spring/summer biscotti! I love the addition of the white chocolate.

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  5. Lawyer Loves Lunch

    Grandmothers are so special! I recently lost mine and so I definitely understand the desire to adopt a nonna :) Until then, I’ll be the one making and eating biscotti :)

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    • Liren

      Hugs, Azmina. Grandmothers are definitely special and it never gets easier. Thank goodness for cooking to remind us of the special moments. By the way, my daughter still speaks of your biscotti from the holidays :)

    • Liren

      Thanks Caroline! I do agree, apricots are fantastic in granola. If you like it there, you’ll love these biscotti!

    • Liren

      Glad you can join me, Dixya! I know what you mean, I see more biscotti in my future.

  6. Le

    I too dream of Italy, in an ideal life I would live in Tuscany in an adorable two story cottage surrounded by vineyards or olive groves. I would be picking herbs fresh from my garden and gathering eggs hidden away in the bushes by my free range chickens…but instead I am as far away from Italy as I could be (in New Zealand), sitting in my studio dreaming of that life.

    I love Biscotti and when I went to Italy a few years ago I bought packets of it and took it back to Brunei (South East Asia), where I was living at the time. I then reminisced my trip while eating biscotti and drinking coffee with my friends, telling them all about Italy and how wonderful it was.

    I think I am going to have to make this biscotti this week.

    Lee

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    • Liren

      I think we have the same dream, Lee. Perhaps we are neighbors in that ideal life, I live just down the road from you, happy to know I can borrow an egg from you chickens if I ever run out.

      Sigh!

      Your souvenirs were a perfect choice to share with your friends when you returned to Brunei – they do pack well, don’t they?

  7. Holly

    I actually did sort of have an Italian nonna as a neighbor behind me at my former residence. She used to call me over the fence and give me figs from her five trees and I would give her tomatoes, strawberries, and eggplant from my garden. Sadly, we never cooked together, but she always made my family a big plate of Christmas cookies and showed my kids all of her wind-up Santa toys. Carmela, I miss you! At least I can still visit her, but I wish she was on the other side of the fence. I think I’ll surprise her with these biscotti.

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    • Liren

      Aw, how wonderful Carmela sounds! I hope you tell her I say hello. The closest I had to an Italian nonna was my next door neighbor, she still lives there, back in New York. She would also call me to the fence and give us pizzelle, piping hot. Our families always enjoyed sharing food over that fence :) Thank you for reminding me!

    • Liren

      Thank you, Jen! I hope you do. I know I’m definitely due back, it’s been a very long time. I know I would relish it with new eyes (and tastebuds!).

  8. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up

    I love biscotti and how simple and tasty they are!! I have an Italian nonna who is the epitomy of tradition. Its adorable and sweet, but all grandmas are. :-) This looks so wonderful i’m pinning it!!

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    • Liren

      Oh you are so fortunate, Bernadette! Give her a hug from me :) (And thank you for the pin!)

  9. Gina

    I’m available for adoption! But we both know I’m way too young to be considered a Nonna. Lol. I miss having my Nonna all the time, sorry you don’t have yours either. I need to get some white chocolate these sound so good. I think we need to get together soon. Congrats on your photo doing so well at school, that’s awesome.
    -Gina-

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