Coconut Macadamia Biscotti and a Product Giveaway!
August 9, 2012
All those that know me, my biscotti jar is never empty. Even during the ups and downs of my move, I had biscotti. They may not have been homemade, nor were they stored in my biscotti jar that was safely packed away in storage, but I did have biscotti on hand!
So as you can imagine I was eager to get back to baking biscotti. As I started to think of what flavor my inaugural biscotti would be, I spotted the jar of coconut oil that I received from Tropical Traditions just prior to my move. I was offered their product to try. How perfect – Coconut Biscotti!
To compliment and intensify the flavor, I added unsweetened, desicated coconut and macadamia nuts. Desicated coconut is shredded or flaked and dried to remove moisture. I prefer this over the sweetened coconut found in most grocery stores.
I’ve made two batches so far enjoying the taste and texture of these biscotti. The first batch I tested adding fresh mango puree, however the biscotti does not crisp and harden as I like but stayed on the softer side. Lime juice and Mango Rum replaced the puree and worked out perfectly to add a bit more flavor.
As for using Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil, I do believe it also enhanced the flavor and provided a healthy fat in this recipe. Tropical Traditions products a virgin coconut oil, similar to the way olive oil is processed either as virgin or extra virgin. Their product is handcrafted by family producers in the Philippines using traditional methods passed down from previous generations. You can learn more about their oil at their website and also find other recipes and a How to Use Coconut Oil – there are hundreds of uses!
The flavor is light and tasty; the oil will firm up when cold and return to a liquid state when room temperature. Therefore, when preparing the batter the oil will gel and thicken when mixed with cold ingredients, such as eggs or liquid. I poured the oil into the dry ingredients rather than the egg/wet mixture to alleviate that. Once the dry and wet were mixed together, the oil blended just fine.
I am very delighted to also have been approved to sponsor a Product Giveaway! Tropical Traditions will provide a free quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to the winner! This is open to U.S. & Canada only; prizes will be shipped directly from Tropical Traditions. See details for entering the Product Giveway below the recipe!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with slipat or parchment paper.
Combine the flour, coconut, baking powder, sugar, salt and coconut oil in a large bowl. In a small bow, combine the eggs, lime juice and rum. Add the beaten egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine. Add in the chopped nuts. The mixture will be crumbly. I use my hands to continue to blend the dough together until smooth. Divide the dough in half and press to form into two logs. Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove the baking tray and reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Allow the biscotti to cool for 10 minutes and then make diagonal cuts. Lay the biscotti bake on the cookie sheet standing up and return to the oven to bake and crisp for 20 minutes. Remove to cool completely and store covered for several weeks. Makes about 36 biscotti.
To enter this give away and as a requirement from Tropical Traditions, please do the following and let me know in your comments that you have done so…
Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their
Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family
producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read
more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their
website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?
You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:
Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of
affordable high quality coconut
oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages
of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to
discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or
given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.
Please note the following disclaimers: I am part of Tropical Traditions Referral Program. If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you. Also, Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
I love being in the kitchen. Early mornings, soft music, a hot espresso. Easing into the preparation of delicious meals. Glancing through cookbooks, gathering inspiration and planning my day. I look forward to the cycles of the seasons, the pleasures of tasting and savoring and sharing this with those dear to me. Weekends are special to me as my week days are often rushed, but still I create the ambiance, light the candles, set the table and uncork the wine.