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Cherry Almond Sourdough Biscotti

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This sourdough biscotti recipe is a fun way to use your sourdough discard. Crunchy but still slightly chewy, these sourdough biscotti cookies are loaded with dried cherries and almond slices and then dipped in white chocolate. These easy cookies are a great sourdough recipe!

sourdough biscotti on white plate with red striped napkin

Crunchy and chewy and flavorful, these twice baked Italian cookies are perfect for enjoying with your coffee or tea! Which means its perfectly acceptable to enjoy at breakfast time. If you have never made biscotti before, its a fun recipe to make because you bake it twice – first time in a log, and then you slice it into strips and bake it a second time. You can use any flavor fillings you want – here I used dried cherries and almond slices.

Other sourdough dessert recipes:

cherry almond biscotti lined on wooden board

Biscotti with Sourdough Starter 

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at biscotti for a while, now, and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity. See, sourdough by nature is a very “wet” dough, which is what helps to give it that chewy and air filled texture. Biscotti, on the other hand, needs to be a dry dough – if it’s too wet, it won’t dry out the way biscotti needs to.

I decided to use Susan’s (from Wild Yeast) recipe for Ginger Pecan Sourdough Biscotti as a starting ground, but I changed the  flavors from ginger/pecan to cherry and almond, along with a few other tweaks. I really liked how this biscotti turned out! The flavors were great, and there was the perfect balance between chewy and crunchy! I will definitely be making these again, and I hope you make them, too!

Try my other sourdough biscotti recipe – Cinnamon Spice Sourdough Biscotti! It uses a 100% hydration dough and has a little bit different technique. Both are great! Make them both and see which one you prefer the best!

biscotti with white chocolate next to coffee cup

How to Change a Liquid (100%) Starter to a Stiff (50%) Starter:

For a stiff starter you need a starter:flour:water ratio of 1:2:1. Meaning, you need to add twice as much flour as you have water and starter.

  • Start with a very small amount of your 100% hydration starter, 10 grams to be exact!
  • To this, add 20 grams of flour and 10 grams of water.
  • Loosely cover and allow to sit on your counter.
  • Every 12 hours, feed it the new ratio of 2 parts flour and 1 part water.
  • After a few days your new stiff starter will be ready to go!
  • Make sure you keep a part of your sourdough starter at 100% so you don’t have to do a bunch of math and work to get it back to “normal”.
biscotti with sourdough starter in coffee cup

How to make Recipe

This is a pretty easy recipe to make! For the complete instructions, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below. Here are some brief directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour, starter, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon zest, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. Mix on low speed until the ingredients are well combined. The dough will be very stiff at this point.
  4. Continue mixing on low speed until the gluten begins to develop, about 4 minutes. Stretch a small piece of the dough between your fingers – it needs to stretch thin before it breaks.
  5. Add the sugar, in 4 or 5 increments, mixing for about 2 minutes after each addition. The dough is going to become considerably looser as you add the sugar.
  6. Add the butter and mix until it is completely incorporated.
  7. Add the cherries and almonds, and mix on low speed until they are incorporated.
  8. Form the dough into a “log” about 10-12 inches long and as compact in width as you can make it (the dough will spread).
  9. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until the dough is firm but not hard.
  10. Remove the bread to a cutting board and slice into ¾” slices.
  11. Turn the oven down to 250F.
  12. Stand the biscotti up on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and return to the oven for an additional 40-50 minutes, or until the biscotti is dry.
  13. Cool on a wire rack and then dip or drizzle with melted white chocolate. 
collage showing steps to make sourdough biscotti

 FAQ

What kind of sourdough starter do I need for this recipe?

This recipe requires a stiff starter at 50% hydration. Please read the instructions for how to do this up further in the post.

How can I store biscotti?

This biscotti will last 3-5 days in an air tight container on the counter.

Can I make other variations?

You bet! You can substitute any dried fruit, nut, or chocolate chips. You can also drizzle with milk chocolate instead of white chocolate.

sourdough biscotti sitting on counter with white chocolate drizzle

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Yield: 16 cookies

Cherry Almond Sourdough Biscotti Recipe

sourdough biscotti on white plate with red striped napkin

This sourdough biscotti recipe is a fun way to use your sourdough discard. Crunchy but still slightly chewy, these sourdough biscotti cookies are loaded with dried cherries and almond slices and then dipped in white chocolate. These easy cookies are a great sourdough recipe!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (135 grams) 50% hydration sourdough starter, active
  • 2 eggs
  • zest from 1 small lemon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 Tablesooons room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 8 oz white chocolate melting discs

Instructions

Make the dough

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour, starter, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cardamom, and lemon zest.
  3. Mix on low speed until the ingredients are well combined. The dough will be very stiff at this point.
  4. Continue mixing on low speed until the gluten begins to develop, about 4 minutes. Stretch a small piece of the dough between your fingers - it needs to stretch fairly thin before it breaks.
  5. Add the sugar, in 4 or 5 increments, mixing for about 2 minutes after each addition. The dough is going to become considerably looser as you add the sugar.
  6. Add the butter and mix until it is completely incorporated.
  7. Add the cherries and almonds, and mix on low speed until they are incorporated.

Bake the cookies

  1. Form the dough into a "log" about 10-12 inches long and as compact in width as you can make it (the dough will spread).
  2. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until the dough is firm but not hard.
  3. Remove the bread to a cutting board and slice into ¾" slices.
  4. Turn the oven down to 250F.
  5. Stand the biscotti up on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet and return to the oven for an additional 40-50 minutes, or until the biscotti is dry.
  6. Cool on a wire rack until cool.

Drizzle with White Chocolate

  1. Decide if you want to drizzle on the white chocolate or dunk one end of each biscotti piece in.
  2. Melt the white chocoalte by placing the white chocoalte melting discs into a micorwave safe bowl.
  3. Microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between each time, until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Drizzle or dip each biscotti piece as desired.
  5. Place on a wire rack to allow the white chocolate to set.

Notes

Store in an air tight container on the counter for 3-4 days.

You can replace the cherries and almonds with other dried fruit, nuts, or chocolate chips.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 5g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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