Cranberry and Pistachio Biscotti – Guest Post by Reem @ Simply Reem

The blogging world has given me a few lovely friends and Reem @ Simply Reem  is one such special friend. She is an Indian who stays in South California with her family. She started her career as a fashion designer and worked with some leading fashion houses enjoying a glamorous life.

After she got married, she moved to US with her husband and became a busy mom of two wonderful, hyper-active sons.

Today, she is sharing something that I love to eat for my evening snack – Biscotti filled with dried fruits. I have never baked biscotti at home and after seeing this recipe, I can’t wait to give this a try.

Reem @ Simply Reem 

Hello Everyone,

Before I start I want to thank Kankana for giving me this opportunity to share a bit of myself and my passion for food on her lovely blog. Thank you so much, this means a lot to me.

1. Tell us a little about you and your family?

My name is Reem, a complete foodie most of my day revolves around everything food, from eating to thinking. I am a mom to two little boys who make sure that I don’t get any free time and after all this whatever little time is left I try to spend it with my wonderful husband.

My story is simple and short, it is about fashion to food. And that’s where fun kick in, I love eating good food and enjoying chic lifestyle without spending a fortune. Food, Family and Friends, life is worth living.

2. Why the name ‘ Simply Reem ‘?

Simply Reem is my platform for sharing my food adventures and lifestyle ideas. In every post I put a part of myself so I thought Simply Reem would be the perfect name for my little space. Also it was the first name which came to my mind…. LOL

3. How is the experience of blogging been so far?

Far more beautiful than I could have imagined, blogging sphere is truly the perfect world from the dreams. The way everyone helps and encourages each other is amazing. There is no cunningness or harshness here.

Not only I have met some awesomely talented bloggers here but have made some precious friendships for life. I met my dear and awesome friend Kankana through blogging….

 

Kankana has been a true inspiration for me since day one of my blogging journey. She has always been very encouraging and helpful. I remember the first time I spoke to her, it felt like speaking to a really close friend after a long time. Not only is she extremely talented but she is also a very sweet and kind soul. A true friend I must say.

I feel so honored to be doing this guest post here. Thanks Kankana for letting me share my kitchen adventure at your amazingly beautiful blog. Kankana always tells me that she is more of a savory food lover than a sweet addict but I know she likes to enjoy her tea with cookies. So when she asked me to do a guest post for her, I knew exactly what I wanted to share.

These Cranberry Pistachio biscotti with Cardamom and Rose Essence are a wonderful addition to your cookie recipes. They are not only crispy and flavorful but also chewy and dense. Full of cranberries and pistachio these biscotti’s screams holidays…

Biscotti’s are loved by all, dip them in tea, coffee or milk and they are a pure indulgence. Perfect for holidays, these babies make excellent gift as well. Double baking gives them there incredible crispy texture which we all enjoy. I like to add cardamom and rose essence to these; it pairs very well with cranberries and pistachios and gives them wonderful sweet aroma. But by all means you can use vanilla essence if you are not a big fan of rose essence.

I hope you all will try and enjoy them. Once again thanks Kankana for having me here.

Ingredients :

  • All-purpose flour – 2 ½ cup.
  • Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp.
  • Baking soda – 1tsp.
  • Salt – ½ tsp.
  • Butter – ½ cup.
  • Eggs – 2
  • Sugar – ½ cup (light brown sugar preferably).
  • Rose essence – 1tsp (can use vanilla essence instead).
  • Cranberries dried – ½ cup chopped.
  • Pistachios – ½ cup chopped.

Directions :

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Measure and mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and salt and cardamom powder) in a clean bowl. Add the chopped nuts and berries to the dried flour mixture and mix well till they all are well coated. Keep aside.

In a clean bowl cream (beat) butter and sugar till it turns fluffy and light. Now add one egg at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in rose essence, mix well.

Now start adding the flour mixture, 1 cup at a time, until you have well-mixed dough.

Divide the dough into 2 portions, transfer each portion to the baking sheet lined with parchment. Shape each portion into a log about 8-10 inches long. Don’t add any flour, the dough will be sticky, slightly damp your hand with water and it will work fine.

Bake the log for 20-25 minutes, until they are beginning to brown around the edges. Remove them from the oven and let it rest for at-least 20 minutes.

Lower the oven temperature to 325F.

Carefully transfer the cooled logs to a cutting surface, cut them on diagonal using a serrated knife into ½-inch-wide slices. The cookies can crumble at this stage, don’t worry just cut them gently.

Transfer the slices, cut sides up to a parchment lined sheet. Bake the biscotti once again for 20-25 minutes, until they are very dry. Because we used brown sugar in this recipe the biscotti’s will be relatively brown in color.

Remove them from the oven, cool completely and enjoy. These can be stored in an air tight container for almost 15 days.

 

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Christine says:

Another great recipe! Me too I have never baked biscotti before but after reading your post and recipe I really want to try. Will be much easier than baking macarons (lol!)

Rosa says:

I love biscotti and those are wonderful looking! A great guest post.

Cheers,

Rosa

Great guest post Kankana
Thank you for introducing us to Reem and her blog

Yay Reem! You two have been my good friend and so nice to see both of you working for this post! Great interview Kankana and I enjoyed reading your answers Reem. 🙂 Cardamom and Rose Essence in the biscotti? Wow so fancy. I love cranberry and postachio combo too! I enjoyed the guest post!

Alyssa says:

I love Reem’s blog! Great blogger to feature. I also really like this biscotti. I love the cranberry/pistachio combination. I’m pinning this one!

Lovely! I love biscotti and I love to try them with a variety of dry fruits and nuts. Thank for introducing Reem to us Kankana. Will sure check out her space.

Hope you are enjoying your time home. You are missed!

Kiri W. says:

Lovely recipe! Great guest post. I adore pistachios, and feel they are somewhat underused. I’m sure they’d make a great addition to biscotti! 🙂

I just love biscotti!! I’ve only made chocolate but this recipe looks just delicious!

i was thinking the other day to make some cranberry and pistachios cookies. i better make these biscotti. they look amazing!

Thanks Kankana for having me over at your beautiful blog.
It was a pure pleasure doing this post….
Thanks so much…

delicious looking biscotti lovely post

Liz says:

So fun to find Reem here! What a delicious biscotti…perfect for the holidays!! YUM! Thanks for the great guest post today, Kankana~

Maja says:

Amazing combination of the ingredients. I adore Biscotti, especially in December 🙂 Amazing photos!

what a great guest post by a great food blogger! Love reem’s biscotti

Charles says:

Wonderful guest post – I keep seeing biscotti recently in a lot of blogs, in various delicious looking colours and flavours. It’s like it’s calling me to make it! I really should give it a try! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

I am so glad that you had Reem as your guest!I adore her so very much and absolutely love her blog!
Reem, your biscotti look mouthwatering…and I love your photos!!!

Congrats to both of you on a fab top 9!!!

Wonderful guest post. Kankana, like you, I have never tried making Biscotti and seeing this post, I believe I need to make it asap 🙂

What a beautiful and delicious looking biscotti. Looks perfect with a hot cup of tea.

Kim Bee says:

Love having both you wonderful ladies in one place. It was nice to learn more about Reem. I think that’s why I prefer blogs to food sites. It’s more personal. This biscotti is lovely. I’ve never tried to make it myself. Looks like something I could do.The combination of cranberry and pistachio would be really good.

athena says:

The biscotti looks festive and perfect for the holidays! I’ve always wanted to make biscotti. Great guest post, thanks Reem and Kankana.

Delishhh says:

Oh just awesome – love biscotti’s and i have never made them. Need to save this recipe!

sally says:

Beautiful photos! These look delicious.

rebecca says:

wow these look perfect great post

These are amazing Reem! You know how I love cardamom and the combination of flavors you have here is perfection!
Thank Kankana you for guest posting Reem here with these beautiful treats…

Christine says:

I just made these and they are amazing. Thank you for the beautiful recipe!