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Tropical Biscotti

Tropical Biscotti

I have been away from my blog for most of the month for a couple of reasons…but first let me share these deliciously simple tropical biscotti with you!

Last weekend we celebrated my beautiful, bright and vivacious daughter’s birthday. It was such a fun filled evening spent with close family members and only about 35 amazing friends of hers…lol.

 She chose to organize her own birthday bash and did so very well I might add. From choosing the restaurant, the menu and the D.J. We dined on Moroccan food and danced the night away to a tropical themed birthday party.

She also opted out of a traditional birthday cake and instead requested mini vanilla cupcakes with a buttercream frosting and chocolate cream cheese cake pops, dipped in yellow candy melts.

Tropical Biscotti

Inspired by the tropical theme, I made dozens of the these light and crisp biscotti, studded with sweetened flaked coconut, diced crystallized pineapple and chopped roasted almonds. Truly wonderful flavors of the tropics in every bite!

Tropical Biscotti

These tropical biscotti are incredibly easy to make. No stand mixer is required. Just two bowls, one for stirring the dry ingredients and the other to whisk together the wet ingredients which are then combined together in one bowl to form the biscotti dough. Now, some might find rolling the dough into logs a bit tricky but what helps is having your work surface and hands dusted with flour. Also make sure your cookie sheet is ready and nearby to quickly transfer the rolled logs effortlessly and don’t worry if it is a less then perfect log because it will spread anyhow during the first baking.

Tropical Biscotti

I am often asked how to get ends that do not break off while slicing. First thing is that I only let them cool 15 minutes before slicing. This way they are still warm and more pliable to a sharp knife. Pointing the tip of the knife down and slicing in one fluid motion also works best for me and because these tropical biscotti are not the rock hard variety I do not use a serrated knife.

Tropical Biscotti

These tropical biscotti got rave reviews at my daughter’s birthday party! Although they will keep well in an airtight container for up to two weeks they will disappear oh so quickly!

tropical biscotti

Now, on a slightly different note. I embarked on this blogging journey one year ago, shortly after my mom passed away. It is a wonderful learning experience and I feel extremely blessed to share my space with the blogging community. However just this past summer my dad was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer which simply means a cancer that originated in the lungs and spread to other parts of the body. I mention this because I may not be able to share recipes as frequently as I wish to because his health is deteriorating.

But rest assured, I will be back as often as I can…

 

 

Tropical Biscotti
 
A crisp and light biscotti with the sweet flavors of the tropics.
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Recipe type: Biscotti
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 40 pieces
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup roasted almonds, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • ⅔ cup chopped crystallized pineapple
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • For brushing:
  • 1 beaten egg white
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325*
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt with the chopped almonds, coconut and chopped pineapple pieces.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, egg, egg white and both extracts then stir into the flour mixture until thoroughly combined.
  5. transfer the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and divide equally in half. With lightly floured hands roll each half into a log about 12 inches long . Transfer to the prepared cookie sheet. Brush the logs with the beaten egg white.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, until the logs are golden brown. Let the logs cool for 15 minutes.
  7. Transfer the logs one at a time onto a cutting board and slice diagonally into ½ inch pieces.
  8. Return the sliced biscotti to the baking tray, laying them upright. Place the tray back into the oven and bake for an additional 15 minutes or just until they start to brown around the edges.
  9. Let the biscotti cool completely before storing in an airtight container. They will keep for about two weeks.

 

44 Comments

  1. Marisa, this is a beautiful post but bittersweet. I have learned that life is filled with beautiful experiences and along with those are difficult ones. I know what it’s like to endure the illness if a parent. I wish you lots of strength during this time and may you find solace in the little pleasures of life, especially in cooking.

  2. Hello Marisa,tku for another amazing and delicious recipe!!! Biscotties are a favorite at our place,they seam to dissappear faster than I can make them, a perfect desert with coffee! And may I add that this blog has brought big tears to my eyes!!!!may God guide your dad in serenity, love, and in a painless path ,as he one day will join up with his loving wife(your mom)! Take the precious time with him! Ciao love you!

  3. The biscotti looks delicious and is photographed beautifully…So sorry to hear about your father…will be praying for him and your family for healing – we will all be here when you return… 🙂

  4. Marisa, Great job! I like all of the photos!

  5. My thoughts are with you. And thanks for the recipe, looks delicious

  6. Marisa, your biscotti looks wonderful … thank you so much for sharing. I am so very sorry to hear about your father — please know that we are here for you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, dear Marisa.

  7. Thank you for sharing this painful information. I’m sorry to hear about your mom and dad. Stay strong. Your family will be in my prayers.

  8. first a very lovely recipe and presentation! The tips are great too! I am so sorry to hear about your father! I am here if you need me! I have been wondering where you were and hoping all is well with you and your family! Much love and a huge hug from me dear Marisa!! xxx

  9. Biscotti is one of my favorite things! These look beautiful!

  10. Beautiful biscotti, Marisa…Love this tropical twist! Love, prayers & blessings to your father, Hon. God’s blessings to you & your family…we love you, Marisa <3

  11. What a creative twist on an Italian classic – Tanti Auguri to you daughter!

  12. You have been missed….so very sorry about your father….you are in my thoughts and I will be sending peaceful energy your way…..and wow what a great recipe…sounds like your daughter had a great BD…..again so sorry about your dad…XXX kat

  13. I’ve never made biscotti. Something to rectify. Your pictures are lovely.

  14. Marisa I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. Enjoy the time with him as much as possible and take care of yourself too.

    I loved the flavors of this biscotti. I love any biscotti lol. It’s probably my most loved cookie and I always have some in the cupboard. Best with a hot tea after dinner 🙂 I am definitely trying these ones!

    Renee xo

  15. What yummy looking biscotti’s!!!These definitely are something delicious that I need to try.. thanks for the idea!

  16. Wow! I thought the secrets in making these made dead. I’m so glad to have found this post, thanks!

    I’m so sorry to her about your dad’s condition, hope he’ll feel better soon.

  17. Marisa,
    I am sorry that i had missed this post.Your recent biscotti post led me to this super yummy and picture perfect biscotti post.
    I hope your dad is doing okay. It must be such a difficult time for you.You are in my thoughts.
    Take care,
    Sandhya

  18. Marisa – I just found your amazing blog. I want to say I am hoping all the best for your Dad. That the doctors can give him the best possible care. Your biscotti looks amazing. You are a wonderful photographer.

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