I grew up in an Italian family that is very dedicated to its roots and traditions. Growing up Italian definitely has its perks, especially when it comes to food. My parents have a passion for cooking and baking, and it is rare that I don’t have a home cooked meal or dessert. I am indeed very spoiled when it comes to food, and my parents constantly remind me! Out of all the delicious things my parents make, one of my favorites is my mother’s homemade biscotti. I love biscotti, and for the sake of this blog I thought it would be cool to find out the history behind it.
Biscotti are a popular traditional Italian cookie. It was originally created in Tuscany and has been made for centuries throughout the world. Biscotti were the perfect food for travelers, sailors, and soldiers, for it is very portable and satiable. It also was the perfect side for a cup of espresso or a glass of Tuscan wine.
The word biscotti itself means “twice baked” which is the process in which it is made. It is a very simple process using only flour, sugar, baking soda, and eggs, and can be made in less than an hour. It takes an hour to complete the cookie, because they are baked twice, but ask anyone who ever had homemade biscotti, and they will tell you its well worth the wait! It was originally flavored with almonds, but today there are hundreds of flavor options. No flavor is too bizarre for biscotti; it’s as creative as you want it to be!
I believe that biscotti are a great part of Italian culture and a recipe every good Italian grandmother knows by heart. It is a food that is truly Italian and its delicious taste has won the hearts of millions of people throughout the world.