Weekend Baking Project: Fig and Walnut Biscotti


[Photograph: Carrie Vasios Mullins]

As quaint as it would be, I doubt many of us are actually making figgy pudding for the holidays. May I suggest instead these fig and walnut biscotti? They're a personal favorite, incorporating everything that reminds me of Christmas: cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange.

They're firm and crunchy, perfect for dipping into the strong tea or coffee you'll need to get through yet another ugly sweater party (or if you're boozing at home, they're lovely dipped in sweet wine.)

When buying your dried figs, look for a shop that has high turnover to ensure that your figs are soft and chewy rather than hard. If you do find yourself with exceptionally dry dried figs, soak them in boiling water for 5 minutes before chopping them and adding them to the dough.

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