How To Make Martha Stewart's Circa: 1996 Pecan Cranberry Biscotti Receipt

Thursday, December 27, 2018
 My dear friends,

Might you pour some tea? This morning I thought I'd share with you a receipt I have been making since 1996.  {the word receipt was first used in the medieval 14th century in replace of recipe}

I'm not sure if you are a fan of Martha Stewart, but I am surely and have been since my late teens.

When I was first a homemaker at the age of 19 I had a subscription to Martha's magazine. I would also invest in Martha's line of goods and lifestyle home management with vigour. The little money that I would acquire from clients whether it was sewing, decorating projects, organizing or my craft booth, I would set aside to purchase a Martha Stewart item. It's unfortunate that I no longer possess any of those things after my divorce, but I know one day I will have a whole collection again. There is no fretting here. {smile}

My mother was also quite generous at that time and would send me lovely little treasures to build up my kitchen sum. I had such beautiful copper cookie cutters, teapots, copper cookware, cake decorating kits, etcetera.  I had a wonderful collection. I was always trying her latest recipes, crafts, decorating and gardening ideas.

I never looked at her appeal as out of my league, even though at the time my then-husband was making money at a poverty level.  She has the taste of beau monde, which appeals to me immensely.

She has the same belief as I. If you are going to pursue something actively, pursue it wholeheartedly with zest! If you are going to make a craft, use the most superb of products to create it. If you are going to cook a recipe, use top-shelf ingredients. I have learned that this is a lovely way to look upon things. When we put supreme products into a pursuit, the result will always be unparalleled.

When you think of it, it's actually a law of attraction mindset. Think of it like this: If we believe that something is too expensive to buy, or can't afford to make a recipe because the ingredients are too costly, then one will actually reinforce that belief. The sheer fact that having that initial thought, is the reason for the manifesting intangibility of shortage in one's life.

                    Pecan~Cranberry Biscotti
                                                        Martha Stewart, Circa: 1996

1 1/2 Cup pecan halves, toasted
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/2 Cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 Cup sugar
1 Cup dried cranberries
3 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of one lemon
DIRECTIONS: Heat oven to 350. Finely chop 1/2 the pecans leaving remaining ones in 1/2's, set aside. Combine the baking powder, flour, sugar, and salt. In a bowl, beat eggs, yolks, and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients mixing until sticky. Stir in pecans, cranberries and zest. Turn dough out onto well-floured board; sprinkle with flour and knead slightly. Shape into 9 x 3 1/2 logs. Bake for 25~30 minutes. Reduce oven 275. Cut diagonals into 1/2 inch slices, return upside down bake 20 minutes. Turn over bake 20 minutes until slightly dry.

I then would cut 6 pieces for each gift, place in clear cellophane bags and tie with ribbon and tag. I give them out as gifts all year round, but mostly at Christmas time. You could pair it with a box of tea or stuff them into a big coffee mug, depending on who you're giving it to.

Let me know if you decide to try this receipt. I would love to know if you find them as delicious as I do.

Heres a pretty little painting to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. I am working on the larder/ pantry today, so away I go to put my painting attire on. I hope you are well, and please know you are in my thoughts this day and always.

I shall write again soon.
 Most affably yours til my next swim, Raquelxxx

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