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Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Reviewed: Dec. 21, 2007
This has become my "go-to" biscotti recipe. It can't fail. I've made it many times with great success. I did make some changes: increased flour to 2 cups (because the dough was too soft and spread out too much), and used 1 cup pistachios, and 1 cup of cranberries. Also tried substituting 1/4 cup dark brown sugar for 1/4 cup of the white sugar, and adding 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips and 1 cup of chopped walnuts. Delish! Tasted like a "Toll House" biscotti. Just recently I tried something new - replaced 1/2 cup of the flour with 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa, used 1 tablespoon Frangelico (hazelnut liquor)and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla instead of the usual amount of vanilla and almond extracts and folded in 1 cup toasted hazelnuts and 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips - excellent Chocolate/Hazelnut biscotti. I use an ice cream scoop to place the dough on the cookie sheets and then just use my spatula to join the scoops together. No more sticky hands!
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Simple Scones

Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2009
This is the scone recipe I've been searching for! I made them twice this week. The first time, exactly as written, for a ladies tea and they were a big hit. I then made a half recipe for Easter Sunday breakfast for my husband and myself. Since we try to watch what we eat, I used 1 tablespoon less butter, increased the sour cream (light kind) by 1 tablespoon, egg substitute for the egg, and slightly more baking soda for lightness. I also used dried cranberries and blueberries in place of the raisins. They were absolutely delicious and didn't taste lightened at all. Reminded me of the scones I used to buy years ago at Timothy's in NYC.
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Panettone I

Reviewed: Dec. 24, 2010
I love pannetone, but I don't love the calories and fat in the store-bought kind. I was thrilled when I found this recipe because it seemed relatively low fat. I made this for my canasta group the day before Christmas Eve and the women loved it! I used clementine rind instead of lemon (that's what I had on hand) and I think that gave it a more authentic flavor. I also used 1/2 cup sugar, as suggested by others, and 2% Greek yogurt. It was very easy to make, but it did take a lot longer to rise than the recipe suggests (twice as long). Maybe it would be a good idea to use the "fast acting" yeast. Next time, I will probably add more fruit (maybe dried cranberries). My husband and I had some toasted for breakfast this morning and it was really delicious. Can't wait to try French toast or bread pudding with this bread.
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Spice Cookies with Crystallized Ginger

Reviewed: Aug. 3, 2011
I made these cookies for a friend who loves crystallized ginger and I have to say that they were the most delicious-smelling cookies I ever made. I don't like spice cookies or crystallized ginger, but I thought they tasted delicious as well. Mine did not come out as puffy and soft looking as the picture. They were flatter and pretty crispy. However, they still tasted great. Maybe I flattened them too much before baking. Next time, I'll flatten them a little less and see how that works out.
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Easy Streusel Coffee Cake

Reviewed: Feb. 14, 2014
I thought this recipe might be wrong because it did not contain any water, which did make it stiff and difficult to spread in the pan, but it came out fine. I only rated this four stars because I think the recipe needs some additions. As suggested by others, I added 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to the streusel, to give it a little sweetness. Also as suggested by others, I made a drizzle glaze of confectioner's sugar, half and half, and vanilla, which definitely enhanced the flavor. I found my cake to be a little dry, but I suspect that was caused by my using 0% fat Greek yogurt, which is what I had on hand. I will use 2% fat Greek yogurt next time. The flavor was very nice; didn't taste like a cake mix at all. I also like that it was very quick to put together. I may try baking it in a 9x13 pan and putting all the streusel on top and adding some regular or mini chocolate chips.
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