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Pineapple, Ginger and Macadamia Nut Biscotti with White Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Biscotti means “twice baked.” First you bake a very rich almost cake-like batter, then you slice it and bake it again. And then you say, “Yum!”

See also: Gluten Free Pineapple, Ginger and Macadamia Nut Biscotti with White Chocolate Dipping Sauce

The Inside Scoop

When both volumetric and weight measures are provided, the volumetric measures should be considered approximations. The standard measure for a cup of sugar is 192 grams. By volume, this measure will be less than 1 cup.

Dried pineapple and macadamia nuts need to be chopped very fine when adding to biscotti; pieces should be no larger than 1/4″ square. This helps prevent excess crumbling when slicing after the first bake.

Dried pineapple.
Dried pineapple chopped into approximately 1/4″ pieces.
Macadamia nuts.
Macadamia nuts chopped into approximately 1/4′ pieces.

Spread chopped macadamia nuts on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper (for easy clean-up) and bake in a 350 degree for only 5 minutes until aroma rises and nuts are lightly brown. Let cool before adding to batter. Pre-baking nuts helps to keep the nuts crisp and enhances the flavor.

“Mince the crystallized ginger.” Easier said than done. Crystallized ginger is very sticky. To make chopping the crystallized ginger easier, coat your knife with flour. You will need to repeat this several times until the ginger is very finely minced.

Slices of crystallized ginger.
Crystallized ginger, minced

To prevent pineapple and ginger from sticking together in clumps, toss with 2 tablespoons of the flour.

Dried chopped pineapple and minced ginger tossed with flour.

Combine the flour , sugar, baking powder and ground ginger in a large bowl; mix until all dry ingredients are evenly distributed throughout the flour; this helps to ensure an even rise.

Be sure eggs are at room temperature. Warm eggs hold more air than cold eggs, which means a lighter biscotti. To quickly bring eggs to room temperature before cracking, place eggs in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for 10 minutes.

Crack eggs into a small bowl before adding to the batter. That way, it is easy to remove any bits of eggshell. Whisk eggs and vanilla together before adding to batter.

*The crispness of biscotti is primarily determined by the amount of butter in the batter. Add 6 tablespoons butter for a very soft, easy to chew biscotti; add 3 tablespoons butter for a crisper biscotti; add no butter for a very crisp, dunk-in-your-coffee biscotti.

Add softened butter, if using, to the flour mix. Then make a well in the flour and add the egg and vanilla mix. This enable the flour on the bottom of the bowl to be mixed with the wet ingredients.

Flour mix and butter with a well in the middle.
Egg and vanilla mix poured into “well.”

Once egg and flour mixture are combined, add the chopped pineapple, macadamia nuts and minced ginger. Mixture will be very dry, and will just hold together.

When ready to bake, shape your dough into 2 rhomboids, 6″ x 4″ x 1.” Leave plenty of space in between for expansion. Since biscotti are sliced at angles, the rhomboid shape leaves less wastage.

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After the first bake, let biscotti cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees. Then, using a very sharp knife, gently slice off a thin strip from the narrow ends (this is the baker’s “taste test”) at an angle. Then cut slices 3/4″ wide, continuing to cut at an angle, and carefully lay the slices down on a cut side. Return to oven and bake for 15 minutes; after 15 minutes, remove from oven and carefully flip biscotti over so that the side that was on the bottom is now on top.

Biscotti baked on one side.
Completely baked biscotti.

While biscotti cools, make the white chocolate dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Pineapple, Ginger and Macadamia Nut Biscotti with White Chocolate Dipping Sauce

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By Connie Teunis Serves: 12 2-biscotti servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour

A delightful biscotti packed with pineapple, macadamia nuts and ginger and a delicious white chocolate dipping sauce for the perfect finish.


  • 120 g. Dried Pineapple, chopped
  • 50 g./6 T Macadamia Nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 30 g. Crystallized Ginger, finely minced
  • 240 g./ 2 c. + 2 T. All-purpose Flour
  • 125 g./ 2/3 c. Granulated Sugar
  • 1 t. Baking Powder
  • 1 t. Ground Ginger
  • 0 - 6 T. Unsalted Butter, softened. See note* above in The Inside Scoop.
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 t. Vanilla
  • Icing (opt.)
  • 120 g./ 1/2 c. White chocolate-flavored melting caps
  • 2 T. Butter
  • 2 T. Heavy Whipping Cream



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line one very large or two smaller baking sheets with parchment paper.


Chop macadamia nuts into small pieces no larger than 1/4" cubed. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (for easy clean-up) and bake for 5 minutes; cool.


Chop dried pineapple into small chunks no larger than 1/4" cubed. Set aside in a small bowl.


Mince crystallized ginger. To reduce ginger sticking to knife, coat knife with flour. Clean knife and repeat with flour as needed. Add crystallized ginger to chopped pineapple.


Add the 2 tablespoons of flour to the pineapple and ginger and stir to coat; mix thoroughly to break up clumps.


In a small bowl, whisk eggs and vanilla.


In a large bowl, combine the remaining flour and sugar, baking powder and ground ginger. If using butter, mix the softened butter into the flour mix. Make a well in the center and pour in the whisked eggs and vanilla. Stir to combine. Add the pineapple, macadamia nuts and crystallized ginger; stir to combine.


Divide dough into 2 equal parts.


Place each half onto parchment-lined baking sheets and shape into 6”x5”x1” rectangles; leave plenty of room between the two rectangles for rise and expansion.


Bake for 25 minutes.


Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.


Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.


Using a very sharp knife, gently slice the biscotti, using a sawing motion. The biscotti should be cut at a slight angle and slices should be ¾” wide.


Gently (so as to avoid breaking the slices) tip the slices onto their cut edges. Be sure to allow room between the slices for air circulation.


Place in 300 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes; remove from oven and carefully (so as not to break biscotti), turn biscotti over so that the side that was on the bottom is now on the top. Return to the oven and bake an additional 15 minutes. For an even crisper biscotti, reduce temperature to 250 degrees and bake an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Let biscotti cool completely.


To make the optional dipping sauce: In a small microwave safe bowl, melt white chocolate-flavored melting caps in a microwave at 50% power just until softened. Remove from microwave and stir to melt completely. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons whipping cream and stir until completely combined. If icing begins to seize, place in microwave at reduced power for another 15 seconds.


To store: Wrap biscotti in plastic wrap, place in airtight container and store at room temperature for one week. Biscotti can also be frozen. To thaw, place in refrigerator for one day so that biscotti thaws slowly and does not get wet from condensation. Place biscotti on a baking sheet and bake in a 250 degree oven for 10 minutes to remove any moisture.


Store dipping sauce in the refrigerator. To rewarm, place in a microwave and heat on a LOW setting in 5 seconds increments, stirring every 5 seconds, until desired thinness is achieved.


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