Cranberry Cashew Biscotti
2/3 cup organic sugar
1/3 cup vegan margarine, softened (e.g., Earth Balance)
2 egg equivalents (e.g., Ener-G Egg Replacer)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I like bourbon vanilla paste)
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1/4 cup raw unsalted cashews, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a bowl, cream sugar and margarine together until light and fluffy. Blend in the egg replacer, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix in the all-purpose flour, whole wheat pastry flour, and baking powder. Stir in the cranberries and cashews. Chill for 10 minutes.
3. Divide the chilled dough in half and shape into a 1 inch-thick rectangular slabs on a lined, oiled baking sheet. Flatten the slabs slightly by evenly patting them down. Bake until they are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Let slabs cool for 10 minutes, then cut each slab into 1/2 inch-wide slices. Place sliced biscottis on their sides on an ungreased baking sheet (just simply remove the lining from the one you just used) and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes until they are crisp and dry. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
They will keep for a few days, but I suggest freezing half. They taste great frozen!