I grew up in subsidised public housing which was a very tiny house with a small back garden, where there was a fig tree. I enjoyed the fresh fig fruit from the tree and my mother used to make fig jam and preserves. This is why fig is always special fruit to me. And I love these biscotti.


Makes

24 to 28 Biscuits

Ingredients

1 & 1/4 cups Self-Rising Flour
1/2 cup Caster Sugar
1 pinch Salt
1 cup Pistachio Nuts & Dried Figs *coarsely chopped
2 Large Eggs *lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Method
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.

  2. Place Self-Rising Flour, Sugar and 1 pinch of Salt in a large bowl and mix well and add Pistachio and Dried Figs and combine.

  3. Make a well in the centre and add the lightly beaten Eggs and Vanilla, mix and knead with your hand until the mixture just forms a ball. *Note: Do not over-knead as the mixture will get too soft and sticky.

  4. Divide the mixture in half, form each one into a log and place on prepared baking tray. Shape the logs to about 20cm in length and flatten slightly so they are about 2 to 3cm thick. Wetting your fingers with water may help this process.

  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. When the logs are cool enough to handle safely, slice diagonally into 1cm thick biscuits using a bread knife or serrated knife.

  6. Arrange the sliced biscuits back onto the baking tray. Reduce the heat to 140°C, and bake for 15 to 20 more minutes.

  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.