Dried Fruits Biscuits (Biscotti)

These scrumptious biscuits are really good. I am sure kids and adults would love it. Recipe is flexible and you can choose your favourite dried fruits. They are just good, simple, healthy, tasty and beautiful.



  • 160g all purpose flour
  • 110g butter, softened
  • 100g sugar
  • 50g nuts:pistachio or walnuts or almonds, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried fruits such as: cherries, raisins, apricots, chopped
  • Handful crystallised ginger



Preheat oven to 180C.

In a bowl, beat the butter with sugar until creamy. Add eggs, lemon, orange zest and vanilla extract. Mix well.

Add baking powder and flour. Combine well. Then add dried fruits, nuts and ginger.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the dough into 2 small and long loafs in the baking tray. Sprinkle some flour top of the dough and give the right shape.

Bake it for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Then cut each loaf into small slices. And put it back in the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.

You can store these yummy fruity biscuits in a container for about 10 day. They can be frozen up to 2 months.




Rice with Dried Fruits ( Shirin Polo)

Shirin polow comes from Azerbaijani cuisine. In this dish, we have dried fruits such as dates, apricots and raisins. It has a gorgeous sweet savoury taste and however it is sweet but is not a dessert .
Sweet rice ( shirin polow) is served on its own or served with beef or lamb. It is a simple dish but at the same time like a gem is stunning. You would just surprise with this fruity rice.

200 g rice
30 g golden raisins
20 g dried apricots, cut into half
10-15 dates with stones removed and cut into half
Saffron (if is not available use turmeric)
1 Tsp cinnamon powder
Lavash bread
Salt to taste

Put a few threads of saffron in a bowl and add 4 Tbsp boiling water, cover the bowl and let to infuse.
Melt the butter in a pan. Add dried fruits and cinnamon powder to the butter and saute for 3-4 minutes until soft. Set aside.




Wash the rice. Soak in the water with salt for 1 hour. In a pot with water, bring to the boil. Drain the salty water of the rice and add the rice to the boiling water. Cook it for 7-8 minutes and then strain the rice using a colander.


Pour some oil in the same pot, place Lavash or tortilla bread in the bottom of pot. Pour half of the par cooked rice on the bread and then pour over some of saffron water and fried fruits. Repeat the process and then cover the pot with a lid and leave it to cook over medium low heat until is ready.
Serve it hot.