Fruit and Nut Crostini

Author: Canadian Living

Like thin biscotti, these jewel-studded cookies are crisp and delightful. Use a sharp serrated knife for slicing.

  • Portion size 36 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2005

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole almond
  • 1/3 cup pistachio nut
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberry

Method

Line 2 rimless baking sheets with parchment paper. Line bottom and sides of 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In large bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form; beat in sugar, 2 tbsp (25 mL) at a time, until stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Sift half of the flour over top and fold in. Repeat with remaining flour. Sprinkle with almonds, pistachios, raisins, currants and cranberries; fold in. Scrape into prepared loaf pan; smooth top.

Bake in centre of 350°F (180°C) oven until firm and pale golden, about 35 minutes. Let cool on rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and peel off paper; let cool completely.

Using serrated knife, level top. Cut crosswise into about 1/8-inch (3 mm) thick slices. Arrange, 1/2 inch (1 cm) apart, on prepared pans. Bake in top and bottom thirds of 300°F (150°C) oven, turning cookies once and rotating and switching pans halfway through, until crisp and golden, about 20 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks. (Make-ahead: Layer between waxed paper in airtight container and store for up to 1 week. If necessary, recrisp in 300°F/150°C oven for 5 minutes.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per cookie:</b> about

  • Sodium 6 mg
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 49.0
  • Total fat 1 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat trace
  • Total carbohydrate 9 g

%RDI

  • Iron 2.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 2.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 0.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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