Dried fruit biscuits. Thank you for making me feel special

Date dicembre 12, 2012

On Friday I published the post on I love Toscana and I’ve been overwhelmed by your love and care here on the blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram (you cannot say I am not a modern and connected girl…). You made me feel special.

I will get back to everyone, one by one, because I want to tell you how much you made ​​me happy and proud. I have been cooking the whole day for a Christmas lunch well ahead of time – probably not too much, since I shot the first one in October – so just imagine I baked these dried fruit biscuits for you, made for the 2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, with the promise to be back here again soon to give you my daily dose of good humor and gratitude. You are precious, from the first one to last one.

Once again, one year after the first exciting edition that made me discover new foodbloggers and taste new scrumptious cookies, the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is here to cheer us up and fill our lives with Christmas-y sweetness, hosted by Lindsay of Love & Olive oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen. How does it work?

The premise is this: sign up. Receive the addresses of three other food bloggers. Send each of them one dozen delicious homemade cookies. Receive three different boxes of scrumptious cookies from other bloggers. Eat them all yourself (or, you know, share. If you want. No judgement either way.) Post your cookie recipe on your blog. See everyone else’s cookie recipes. Salivate. Get lots of great ideas for next years’ cookie swap. Rinse and repeat.

You rinse and repeat, then you need to find a good recipe for a new batch of biscuits.

Every day more intrigued, I was leafing through The Talisman An Italian Cookbook written by Ada Boni, the same book that inspired me the stuffed carrots.

The cookie section is unbelievable. There are old fashioned biscuits, good and simple, the same you would imagine your grandmother arrange on her most precious English pottery dish when you visit at tea time. They come with evocative names like princesses (I will make these very soon), Margaret pastries and Favorita pastries. I bought this secondhand cookbook from an unknown grandmother on Amazon and she wrote down many comments next to the recipes with a fascinating calligraphy: she confirmed these cookies were good.

I eventually decided to bake the most Christmas-y evocative cookies, bursting with dried fruit and candied orange. These are delicate and tempting biscuits perfect to be served with ice cream, tea, chocolate, dessert wines… and most of all, you won’t believe how easy they are.

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You’ll need
  • 200 g of icing sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 150 g of raisins, soaked and squeezed
  • 150 g of almonds
  • 80 g of of pine nuts
  • 70 g of of hazelnuts
  • 125 g of candied citron
  • 125 g of candied orange peel
  • 200 g of flour
How to make it
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
  2. Pour the icing sugar into a bowl and mix in an egg at a time, whisking with the electric whisk or with a wooden spoon until light and foamy, as suggested by Ada Boni.
  3. Add the soaked and squeezed raisins, the chopped almonds, pine nuts, hazelnuts and the finely minced candied citron and orange peel.
  4. At the end add the flour and mix gently.
  5. Sprinkle some flour on the marble kitchen table and spoon the dough over the table. Shape the dough into a sausage with your floured hands.
  6. Roll it gently and place it on a lightly buttered baking sheet. Brush the surface with a beaten egg and bake for about an hour.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool, then cut it into thin slices.
  8. The biscuits are ready now, though I preferred to bake them again for 5 minutes in a preheated oven to 190°C, until golden and crisp.

My cookies this year came from:

My dried fruit biscuits run to:

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11 Responses to “Dried fruit biscuits. Thank you for making me feel special”

  1. Rosa said:

    That is such a great idea.

    Your biscuits look amazing! They would be the perfect accompaniment to Vin Santo or coffee.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Karen said:

    You are special, and I love to hear from you! I’m going to make these biscuits – hope I can get them nice and thin like yours. Merry Christmas Juls!

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  3. Sue/the view from great island said:

    I’m so glad you posted this recipe, I’ve been dying to try my hand at crisp biscuits like these, although I’ve been craving a savory version to pair with cheese. Do you have any tips for getting such perfect thin slices?

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    Giulia Risposta:

    Hi Sue! they must be amazing savoury!
    As for the trick, let them cool down completely and most important, use your sharpest knife! Be quick and steady, and slice them!

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  4. Sarah, Maison Cupcake said:

    I love your reindeer tins at the top! I don’t know how this cookie swap passed me by, it’s in nearly every post I’ve read tonight! I must make sure I take part next time round. Congratulations on the book by the way, you must be thrilled!

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  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci) said:

    These biscuits are so lovely, delicious flavors!

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  6. Regula @ Miss Foodwise said:

    Oooh these cookies look gorgeous!!!

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  7. Patricia @ The Answer Is Cake said:

    These look fabulous – and I love Sue from the View from the Big Island’s idea of thin crisp biscuits paired with cheese.

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  8. Vespa Woolf said:

    The virtual cookie swap is a great idea! I love this recipe and look forward to trying it. Your photos are beautiful. I like that I can customize the nuts/fruits by what I have available to me. Thank you!

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  9. The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012 Recipe Roundup Part 2 | the little kitchen said:

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  10. Radhika @ Just Homemade said:

    Found your recipe through Rosa’s yuletide list. Love this dried fruit biscuit Giulia (a very interesting spelling! :)
    Have a soft corner for all things “dried fruit”

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