About this recipe:These are one of my favourites. I make them every Christmas. They are great for posting to family and friends, and keep for weeks! Use vanilla extract instead of almond extract if you prefer.
100g butter, softened
125g caster sugar
2 teaspoons almond extract
350g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
75g chopped glacé cherries
75g chopped plain chocolate
100g chopped white chocolate
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Method Prep:25min › Cook:40min › Extra time:10min › Ready in:1hr15min
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease a large baking tray.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the almond extract. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in cherries and mini chocolate chips.
With lightly floured hands, shape dough into two 25cm long loaves. Place loaves 12cm apart on the prepared baking tray; flatten each to an 8cm width.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until set and light golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Using a serrated knife, cut loaves diagonally into 1cm slices. Arrange slices cut side down on ungreased baking trays.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until bottoms begin to brown. Turn, and bake an additional 5 minutes, or until browned and crisp. Cool completely. Melt white chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 20 to 30 seconds until smooth. Drizzle biscuits with melted white chocolate. Store in tightly covered container.
Made these today for a coffee morning with friends. Oh they are just so delicious. Used a combination of white chocolate and milk chocolate chips and then finished with both milk and white chocolate. I do cook my biscotti always on wax paper, allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting (never have a problem with crumbling biscotti), then through the wax paper away and cook on each side for a further 10 minutes. Will certainly be making these again. - 15 Feb 2010
I made these as presents to give to my children's teachers at Christmas...they didn't make it out of the kitchen, my family loved them so much! Very yummy and easy to make. It did take a long time, but worth all the effort. Thank you for this recipe!!! - 20 Aug 2011