Rustic Pumpkin Biscotti

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I have never made biscotti before and I really wanted to give it a go.
I have heard from numerous people that it is ‘difficult‘ to make. I don’t think it’s actually difficult to make, more time consuming I’d say. I went through various recipes and came up with a version that I decided to try.
The biscotti was a huge success & turned out delicious! These pumpkin biscotti are nice and crunchy on the outside and are a tad softer and crumbier on the inside. Traditional biscotti is hard throughout but because I wanted them a bit softer I cut them into thicker slices. The combination of spices + pumpkin + drizzled white chocolate makes for a perfect Fall/Winter treat.
I will now add biscotti to our regular baking list. I’m excited to try a whole bunch of different versions!

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Rustic Pumpkin Biscotti
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Ingredients
  1. 3 1/2 c. Flour
  2. 1 1/2 c. Brown Sugar
  3. 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  4. 1/2 tsp. Salt
  5. 2 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice (or an alternative: 1tsp cinnamon, 1/2tsp ginger, 1/4tsp cloves, 1/4tsp nutmeg)
  6. 1/2 c. Pure Pumpkin
  7. 2 lg. eggs lightly beaten
  8. 1 tbsp. Vanilla
  9. 2 tsp. Butter
  10. 1 1/4 c. Pecans or walnuts coarsely chopped
  11. 1/4 c. Melted white chocolate for drizzling or dipping (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, add nuts. Stir constantly until nuts are slightly browned. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  3. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl, stir well. In another bowl combine pumpkin puree, eggs and vanilla mixing well.
  4. Slowly add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture, mixing until ingredients are moistened. Mixture will be very crumbly.
  5. Knead or gently roll nuts into the dough mixture on a lightly floured surface. Divide into 2 portions. Roll portions into 2 2×10″ portions then place onto a slightly greased pan.
  6. Bake logs whole for 24 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes then cut with a serrated knife diagonally into 1/2″ slices. (I made mine a little thicker)
  7. Reduce oven to 300 then bake slices for 8 minutes.
  8. Flip all of the pieces over and bake for another 7 minutes.
  9. Remove from pan and place cookies onto a wire rack to cool. Tip - be sure to have some space between the cookies as they can become soggy if touching.
  10. Optional: When biscotti is completely cooled, melt chocolate chips in microwave at 15 second intervals until melted. Use a spoon to drizzle on top.
Notes
  1. Store in airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Rose & Lea http://roseandlea.com/

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Enjoy with a cup of hot coffee or tea. Oh my, they are so delicious!

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Happy Holidays!
Laura & Natasha xo

Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins

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 If you have fresh strawberries in the house, you must make these Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins!
We’ve been on a muffin kick lately, and these muffins were amazingly tasty.
The strawberries mix perfectly with the white chocolate creating a luscious, fresh flavour.
I know the word ‘moist’ is so overused when it comes to baking, but seriously.. these muffins are SO moist & fluffy! (Due in part to the olive oil, & yogurt used).

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I used my SOCKERKAKA Baking Cups from IKEA for the first time on half of the batch to see how they would turn out.
SOCKERKAKA Baking Cups are rubber silicone baking cups that are dishwasher, and oven safe.

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I really liked how the muffins in the silicone cups turned out! They had a cute oblong shape to them, and the bottom of the muffins came out with a cute little flower design.
I had no issues with getting the muffins out of the cups – They slid right out of the cups without breaking.
I did have to cook the muffins in the silicone cups a tad longer, as the cups held more batter than the muffin pan cups.
All in all, after first use, I enjoy them & would recommend them!

(I’m interested to see what frosted cupcakes would look like using the silicone cups! I’ll be baking some soon & posting an update). 🙂

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Strawberry & White Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:
(yield: 12 muffins)
2 cups flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups fresh strawberries, washed & chopped
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray, or line pan with muffin cups.
In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt) together; set aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs together until combined. Add the rest of the wet ingredients (yogurt, oil & vanilla) & mix together.

2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry & mix altogether using a spatula. Fold in the berries & the chocolate chips.
Using a large scoop, divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. There should be enough batter to fill each cup nearly full.
Bake approx. 20 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
Let muffins cool for 5-9 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Note: Muffins stay fresh for up to 4 days covered at room temperature.

Enjoy!
Xo Natasha

Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’ve never baked anything using maraschino cherries before, but my Grandma gave me some cherries to bake with so I decided to make Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Don’t let the maraschino cherries scare you – they really don’t taste strongly of cherry, and are actually really nummy when baked in a cookie. My mom & brother both cringed when I said I was baking maraschino cherry cookies. I literally had to make them try a bite – But like I suspected, they were both surprised and loved the cookies!

The white chocolate balances out the sweetness of the cherries, making the cookies not overly sweet, but just right.
These cookies are large, soft & chewy but my favorite part of these cookies is how Christmasy they look. The red & green cherries make for the perfect Christmas cookie!

Happy Holiday Baking!

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Maraschino Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
{Note: This recipe requires chilling the dough for 3 hours.}

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup maraschino cherries, cut into small pieces & patted dry
1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

1. In a saucepan, melt the butter until completely melted and no chunks remain, than set aside to cool.
Once the butter has cooled: In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until nice and smooth. Add the eggs, and slowly mix until combined. With the mixer on low-speed, mix in the flour, salt, & baking soda and mix until just combined.
Using a spatula, fold in the cherries and white chocolate chips.

2. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. (or overnight)

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line or spray baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray.
Using a 1/4 cup, scoop out the dough and roll into balls. Place on the baking sheets, and flatten the balls slightly using either the bottom of a cup, or the palm of your hand. Bake for 9-12 minutes, just until the edges are golden.

Enjoy!
Natasha xo