Christmas and Baking-Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

25 Dec

Merry Christmas!!! Vancouver is quiet during Christmas day as families gather for the festive holiday. It is a special day of the year and probably most anticipated. Literally everyone is in a joyous mood as it is a time for joy, gift giving and gatherings with ones we love. As I was strolling down the neighbourhood streets, I noticed every house is decked out in lights; a tradition every year. Everyone’s houses are fully decked out in lights while inside families gather listening to music, sipping wine and enjoying dinner.

I had the opportunity to soak in some of the festivities. Every year Hyatt and Four Seasons Hotel hosts the Ginerbread Lane and Christmas Tree Lane. These festivites alone were a crowd pleaser. One could see how much individuals and families love it as both hotels were packed with Vancouverites snapping photos of the Gingerbread houses and Christmas Trees while at the same time admiring the creations. The kiddies loved it as they keenly went from each sugar and spice creation to another. It definitely draws warmth to the heart watching and admiring. Christmas really is a time of peace and goodwill. In the distant you can also hear christmas carols…and I thought little would be out on the streets…boy was I wrong and I am happy to be wrong.

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As I returned home it was time to bake and cook the Christmas dinner. I choose to make Biscotti this time and my favorite was the Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti.

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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

2 1/4 cups of flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter or 3/4 stick
3/4 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbsp lemon peel
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup unsalted pistachios.
6 ounces white chocolate chopped

I found this recipe really nice. It was subtly sweet with a hint of orange zest. Crunchy and sweet as a biscotti should be and would be a perfect cookie to dip into coffee or have with milk.

Now that my biscotti is done. Time for our Christmas Supper.

Have Very Merry Christmas Everyone!!! 🙂

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