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Weekend Wine Pairing: After Dinner Delight - Christmas Biscotti & Dessert Wine

Would you like to bring a festive after dinner treat that’s a bit different from cookies, brownies, and all that jazz? Why not make a little biscotti, place it in a seasonal box, and pick up some dessert wine? You could introduce a wine to friends and family that they may not have tried before, instruct them to dunk the biscotti, and enjoy! The dessert wine alone is nice to sip on after dinner while you’re chilling in a warm living room. Here’s how to get dipping and sipping in style…(recipe credit: yummly.com)


Christmas Biscotti

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 1/4 cup flour (purpose)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup pistachio nut (raw)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter and flour a baking sheet.
  • In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and orange zest until blended.
  • In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, cloves and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until blended.
  • Stir in cranberries and pistachios.
  • Divide the dough in half.
  • One at a time, place the 2 dough portions on the prepared baking sheet and form each into a log about 1/2 inch high, 1 1/2 inches wide and 14 inches long.
  • Space logs at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake the logs for 25-30 minutes or until set and light brown.
  • Transfer to a cutting board and let cool 6-8 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees.
  • Using a very sharp knife, cut the logs in the diagonal into slices 3/8 inch thick.
  • Stand the slices upright on the baking sheet and return the sheet to the oven for 15 minutes to dry the cookies thoroughly.
  • Transfer to racks to cool.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. 

Wine Pairings

Sauternes: A sweet, creamy wine with honey, vanilla, & fruit

Chateau d’Arche Sauternes 2005 is a good one that received a 92 from Wine Spectator
Buy Now Price: $39.00 

If you come across other vintages of Chateau d’Arche…

2009: 94 Wine Spectator & 91 Wine Enthusiast
2008: 90 Wine Spectator & 89 Robert Parker
2007: 89 Robert Parker

Another great wine would be…

Tawny Port: A wine with prune, fig, and raisin aromas and flavors of smoky spice and hazelnut.

Cheers!

The Hello Vino Team