The third biscotti recipe in the trilogy with Triple Chocolate Vegan Biscotti and Simple Vegan Almond Biscotti is my favorite: a cranberry orange pistachio biscotti. I love the orange flavor the zest adds to the dough. The cranberries are chewy and sweet and the pistachios add rich flavor and a little saltiness. These are a wonderful cookie to serve around Thanksgiving and Christmas, or any fall or winter holiday.
Even though I made my other two biscotti recipes with both all purpose flour and whole wheat flour, I used only all purpose flour for this cranberry batch. If you want to add whole wheat flour, substitute 2/3 cup of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour. You will also need to increase the amount of the applesauce by 1 tablespoon (noted in the recipe). I find that the wheat flour absorbs the applesauce more, so a little additional bit is needed to hold the dough together.
Depending on how wide and deep you make your biscotti loaves before baking, you will get a varying number of servings. My biscotti “loaves” were always about 8 to 9 inches long, 4 inches wide and 3/4 inch deep. I tried to slice each biscotti so that it was about 3/4 inch thick. I would get 24 slices per recipe, more or less (usually more counting the end pieces).
When cutting the biscotti, I’ve seen advice to use just a push down on your knife, rather than a sawing motion. But when I’ve tried this, the biscotti is squished down by the cut. What I have found works best is using a serrated knife, especially a knife made for cutting bread. Instead of just pushing down on the knife, I use a very small rapid sawing motion, while holding the biscotti securely into place (watch your fingers!). This gave me very little crumbling, a sharp cut, and no smashed down or broken biscotti slices.
When the biscotti are baking for the second time, I like to flip them over at the halfway point. It just seems like a good way to insure that both sides are crispy. I’ve always done it, but I’m not sure it’s necessary.
If you make this recipe, let me know! These are very delicious!