Vegan Greek Biscotti ( παξιμάδια paximadakia )

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Greeks have a love affair with paximadia and I am one of them. Greek Biscotti are a staple of Greek cuisine and are an everyday well-loved cookie. A small scoop of cranberries is added to the dough, delivering a major pop of colour and flavour.   Cranberries are a delicious superfruit delivering a healthy punch of antioxidants.  Omit if you like but we find them to be a welcome surprise. 

greek biscotti paximadia

Paximadia are a crunchy cookie,  double-baked and made with simple ingredients of flour, olive oil, for natural sweetness – freshly squeezed orange juice and topped with sesame seeds. 

You will find most recipes for paximadia include a whopping cup of sugar.  To keep with the times,  in this recipe the generous serve of freshly squeezed orange juice adds natural sweetness to the paximadia negating the need for added sugar.   In fact at home, I won’t add additional sugar to the mixture at all.  So feel free to omit altogether. If you feel you would like a little extra sweetness perhaps add a quarter of a cup or the standard whole cup of sugar.   

olive oil orange paximadia

One request, freshly squeeze the juice rather than using bottled juice.  Don’t strain the pulp, I throw that in.  

paximadia greek anise biscuit

 

Unsweetened and vegan-friendly Cranberry Paximadia are long-lasting if stored in an air-tight container. 

Greek and Italian biscotti differ in that traditional greek biscotti is made without the addition of eggs and utilize olive oil instead of butter.  Both are equally nice, it really just depends on your dietary needs.

These are not your average dry biscuit.  They have the right amount of crunchiness and snap so they are versatile enough to be dunked into hot tea or coffee, but are not too hard to be eaten on their own.

greek paximadia

Most of the time I keep them in a sealed jar next to my coffee machine and tea kettle. The added benefit of never being caught off guard when someone pops over.

 

paximadia greek anise biscuit
Yield: 20-30 paximadakia

Greek Traditional Paximadia with Cranberry and Pistachio (παξιμάδια ) recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Greeks have a love affair with paximadia. Greek Biscotti are a staple of greek cuisine and are an everyday well-loved cookie. I have added cranberries to this very traditional biscotti. Omit if you like and substitute with anise seeds for a totally authentic Peloponesse Biscuit but we find their tartness to be a welcome surprise. These Paximadia are 'nistisima' and vegan.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar (optional)
  • 2 cups Self Raising Flour Sifted
  • 1 cup Spelt Flour
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup pistachios or roasted roughly crushed almonds

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix the wet ingredients and stir.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and bicarbonate together. As you stir slowly add flour mixture. When it is too thick you will need to use your hands. To mix in all the flour. Don't over-knead.
  3. Add your pistachios/almonds and dried fruit. Maybe half the quantity first. See if you would like to add the rest before mixing through the remainder.
  4. Roll into a log, then with a knife make slices but don't slice all the way down. Your cuts should be slightly diagonal and approximately 1.5 cm apart. If they are too close together you will find they will be difficult to cut when cooked without crumbling.
  5. Watch the video attached to the recipe for details on how to cut.
  6. Place onto a greased tray and bake in a fan-forced oven at 170-degree Fan Forced Oven for 40 minutes. I usually steal a corner piece and try it before deciding whether I'd like to bake the cookie further.
  7. Turn oven off, allow the biscotti to cool. Then slice on the perforation you made earlier. Place them back on the baking tray preferably standing. So that they bake on both sides.
  8. Bake again but this time in a moderately slow oven (120 degrees Celcius ) for 30 minutes.

Notes

  1. Your olive oil and orange juice will always be 1:1 ratio. Follow this general rule of thumb when making paximadia.
  2. Substitute the cranberries and pistachios with 2 tablespoons anise seeds and also add 1/4 cup caster sugar in step 1 to make an Authentically flavoured Paximadi.
  3. Freshly squeezed orange juice is important for this recipe.
  4. Your cooking time will vary slightly. Allow for this variation.
  5. You can add sugar, a fine grade sugar would be recommended - caster sugar.

22 Comments Add yours

  1. What a wonderful recipe and picture!

  2. foodzesty says:

    Oraio pali EGRAPSES hahahahaha!!! If you remember the saying …but it is a great recipe Marina…tha to epixeiriso mia mera 🙂

    1. Υιασου τον οδοντίατρο; Αληθεια είναι ..αυτά τα ιταλικά μπισκότα έχουν σπάσει δόντια!! Σε οδοντίατριο δουλεύω 😁

      1. foodzesty says:

        Eimai sigouri oti auto exei ginei…:) But your recipe is just devine!!! 🙂

      2. Thank you 😙😙💓💓

  3. A. JoAnn says:

    A perfect recipe – thank you!

    1. Your welcome. Hope you try them 🙏🙂

  4. This looks so good! I love olive oil in cookies. 🙂

  5. chefkreso says:

    Love the addition of pistachios and orange juice, works really well in this recipe 🙂

  6. Megala says:

    Beautiful biscotti !

  7. mistimaan says:

    Lovely recipe 🙂

    1. Thank you so much miatimaan

  8. nancyc says:

    Sounds so yummy! 🙂

  9. gfhappy says:

    Τέλεια τα μπισκοτα! Θα δοκιμάσω να τα κάνω gluten free 😉😘

    1. Οκ πρόσεξε να μην γίνουν πολλή σκληρά με το gluten free αλεύρι

      1. gfhappy says:

        👍

  10. govegoblog says:

    Tasty!! Thanks for sharing this 🙂 we also have some nice ideas on our blog for vegan and food lovers 🙂

    1. Fantastic!

  11. Brittsworld says:

    These look and sound so yummy!! And pretty simple too! I am always looking for new vegan recipes and this one looks delicious 😍 Cant wait to try it 😊

    1. Thank you. Let me know how you go.

  12. Ramona says:

    These biscottis look amazing. I love them and always said I better make my own rather than buying but never got to. I’m saving this recipe and will make my own not. Delicious! Thanks for sharing 😍👌

    1. Hello Ramona. Have a few biscotti recipes on the blog. Imake this one frequently as everyone eats them young and old.

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