Fig and Walnut Biscotti

It’s the end of January at last. A month where we make lots of resolutions and then, well, put them off. It’s been a snowy month so far, an icy blast from the north has turned my face all ruddy after a walk around the woods.

It’s been a while since I made biscotti, so today’s a good day for it. This recipe will make a good amount which can be stored in jars or tins. Dip in your coffee or eat with cheese and port.

I got this from Bertolli:

400g plain flour, plus extra for dusting – I used half white, half wholemeal

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

150g olive spread

50g walnut pieces, roughly chopped

75g dried figs, roughly chopped

100ml milk

2 medium eggs, beaten

Freshly ground black pepper

Rub the spread in to the bowl of flour, baking powder and salt.

Then add the chopped walnuts and figs.

Beaten eggs and milk thereafter and make in to a soft dough.

Turn it out on to a baking tray covered in grease-proof paper in to a flat sausage shape.

Season it with the pepper!figs

Bake in the oven at 180C for half an hour

Take out and allow to cool for 10 minutes

Then cut in to thin slices and place them back in the oven at 150C for around 15 minutes.

Cool, store and eat.

Holocaust Memorial Day

auschwitz

 

Seventy years.

Over the decades the stories and memories become deeper.

The first German lesson. Did anyone know any. Yes, I said:

Nichts rauchen

Nichts essen

Nichts wasser

How did I know?

They were in camps in the war.

We bend, but we do not break.

We live to sing and dance

We live with libraries in our souls.

You are as big on the inside as the universe is on the outside.

Make a library in your heart for everyone.

Work does not make free. It enslaves us. Love makes us free.

Expression makes us free. The wind makes us free.

Always andĀ forever we will sing and dance.

Be humble for you are made of earth

Be noble for you are made of stars