blueberry-pine nut biscotti for a blue day


Today is one of those days when I ask why I bother at all. It's like… why go down a path that you really have no intention of following in the first place? Boredom, curiosity, desperation, an immediate need for something you don't end up with immediately? Perhaps I would prefer to say I feel blue ("blue" sounds so much more civilized than how I actually feel), but that does not quite cover it.

Today's soundtrack: Best Coast – "Boyfriend"

I am still in the midst of busy times with loads on the to-do list (but still, promisingly, plenty crossed off the to-do list). I have still made time for walks through the woods, watching films, writing my old-fashioned postal letters and baking, so it can't be all bad. In fact, it is almost all good.

I am trying out several new recipes this week, the first of which is this dried-blueberry pine nut biscotti. They came out very well and were easy, but I have no taste testers here with me, so I won't be able to report on how they were received by the taste buds until Monday. (The original recipe called for dried tart cherries, but as reported in the previous entry, I cannot find those here.)

Blueberry pine nut biscotti
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 cup dried blueberries (or cherries)
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts

Preheat oven to 350F.

Whisk sugar and egg together until thick. Sift in the flour, baking powder and allspice and mix all together until everything is well incorporated. Stir in the blueberries and pine nuts.

Form a log and bake 20 to 25 minutes until golden. Let cool for about ten minutes before cutting into half-inch slices. Turn the slices on their sides and bake for an additional ten minutes.

I doubled the recipe and made two logs, but still did not make too many.

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