Fig and Orange Biscotti
Sometimes I wonder if I’m the only biscotti crazed person out there. I mean, if my jar is empty…or even threatening to be empty, I’m planning my next baking date and tossing around ideas for the next flavor combination. This is not a recent infatuation; my love runs deep and true many years back.
Never making my biscotti overly sweet, it’s a morning break with my espresso when I just want just a small bite, a satisfying midday treat and a light, sweet ending to dinner. I even grab a biscotti and crumbly it over my yogurt or gelato for a touch of crunch and extra flavor.
Biscotti is not always found in an Italian restaurant. In fact, it’s extremely rare when I excitedly, and I mean over the top excitedly spot biscotti listed on the dessert menu. If it was up to me, a mini biscotti would be a given whenever a cup of espresso or coffee is ordered. And what better way to finish a glass of wine than to dip biscotti in it! Until I can get that changed, you can always stop by for a cup of coffee or glass of wine and biscotti at my home.
Figs and oranges feel like a natural flavor combination and a perfect intro into the Fall season. Orange marmalade and Grand Marnier provide the orange essence and soft dried figs add sweetness. I decided to not add nuts in this batch, but walnuts would be a nice compliment. Of course, Pumpkin Biscotti will be filling my biscotti jar several times over the next few months too! Ooh, and speaking of biscotti jars, thanks to my friend Randy, I’ve got myself a new and bigger biscotti jar!!
Fig and Orange Biscotti
2 ¾ cup white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup turbinado sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup chopped dried figs (I use softer dried figs rather than the spiral round hard dried)
1 tablespoons orange marmalade
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
1 tablespoon Walnut oil or a light tasting olive oil
1 egg white for egg wash
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with slipat or parchment paper.
Combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a small bow, combine the eggs, marmalade, Grand Marnier and oil, beating well. Add the beaten egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir to combine. Add in the chopped figs. The mixture will be crumbly and I will use my hands to continue to blend the dough together until smooth. Divide the dough in half and press to form into two logs. Lightly brush both logs with the beaten egg white. 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.
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.
This sounds like a wonderful flavor combination – oranges and figs and in a biscotti. This would be wonderful with coffee! I love the coffee mug in the picture. It’s so perfect for fall. 🙂 And for the record, if you’re going to be obsessed with something…biscotti isn’t a bad way to go at all. 😉
I’m glad you agree with my obsession! It’s actually not an unhealthy obsession to have!
Yummy! And, we can all find dried figs…
I’m seriously jealous of everyone who had ready-access to fresh ones…
I’d love to have my very own fig tree in my backyard!
Lovely – what a great flavour combination. And I agree with you on how much more often biscotti should be served!
Wow, what a fantastic taste combination – these must be really fantastic especially with the cinnamon in there too.
Have a super week.
This looks amazing!
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Why is that it’s so rare to find in a restaurant. Anyway, I love the Grand Marnier and am still trying to use up some marmalade!
Oh, fantastic Linda – I love the addition of cinnamon and orange marmalade in these fig and orange biscotti and the walnut oil sounds heavenly (I don’t think I’ve ever tried walnut oil…). Great combination of flavours – I just can’t get enough of these delightful biscuits (and what a pretty jar!).
Fantasitc combination for biscotti.
I might not be quite as obsessed with biscotti, but I do love itand it’s funny because I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. I like to dip mine in my red wine after dinner. It’s the perfect finishing touch after a nice meal. My last batch was orange pistachio polenta, but I love the idea of figs and orange. Sounds like perfection! BOOKMARKED!
You’re not alone, Linda. I love ’em, too. These here sound really good. Figs, orange, cinnamon, and booze. My favorites, maybe not in that order, but faves nonetheless.
Thanks John, it would be hard for me to rank those in order too, guess it depends on the day!
You and your biscotti….you’re on a roll!! Sounds delicious, and love the addition of Grand Marnier.
I even have a category just for biscott, I like it that much!
this sounds like a great combination! I recently did dried shitake mushroom biscotti and need to make a new batch of something different 🙂
I love the jar too, although probably not as much as the contents 😀 Wonderful looking blend of flavours – the biscotti you get here in France aren’t much cop – boring and plain, and super thin too.
I share a love of biscotti with you! My jar is calling to me now to make some because it is empty. We will be going south in a few weeks and I always make a stash to take with us for my son and his family! I will have to add this one to my list. I love the flavors you use…fig and orange sounds delicious!
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Biscotti is a favorite in our household, too! Unfortunately Ritchey’s jar is empty at the moment. I think your recipe will fill it nicely!
I’ve never made biscotti but I adore snacking on them with a latte. Yours look delicious!
I love the idea of fig and orange together. Such a wonderful combo because I can imagine the citrus flavor popping out with the hint of sweet nutty type flavor of the fig! Awesome! Wish I had a few right now
Having a biscuit jar always full would be too dangerous in my case… Especially if it was filled with such fabulous biscotti! I also love “doubling” the fruit taste by adding alcohol with similar aroma or/and flavour.
Linda, I yet have to bake biscotti…love the idea of orange and fig…so fragrant and tasty. Would love to try this out.
Hope you are having a fantastic week 🙂
Biscotti Queen: My hats of to you on biscotti!! This is just an amazing combination of flavors!!!
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wonderful combination! I will give it a try soon!