Ever wondered if there’s a specific way to properly enjoy biscotti? There’s definitely some decorum involved in consuming a biscotto in Italy, the country in which these twice-baked treats first originated. However, biscotti have become so ubiquitous that there are as many distinct flavors of the cookie as there are ways to eat it. And in our opinion, all of them are delicious!
Baked By Bibis makes biscotti that are kosher, gluten-free, dairy-free, and low-calorie. Almost anyone can eat them no matter their diet, and feel good about it, too! To learn more about the best pairings to our healthy biscotti, read on.
Why Are Biscotti So Hard?
Biscotti get their distinct, crunchy texture from their second bake. They are twice baked, rendering them almost entirely free of moisture, and therefore less likely to get moldy. This baking technique gives us the hard texture of biscotti we all know and love has more practical origins.
The name of these delicacies derives from the Latin word “biscoctus,” meaning “twice cooked.” Roman legions carried an iteration of this twice baked cookie as they conquered faraway lands, because they lasted so well on their long journeys. Pliny the Elder once boasted that they could last for centuries without going bad. It’s also rumored that Christopher Columbus brought biscotti as provisions on his journey to the New World: there was supposedly a cache of biscotti stashed away in the hull of either the Nina, the Pinta, or the Santa Maria.
So, the hardness (and dryness) of biscotti both makes them uniquely delicious and keeps them extremely shelf-stable. While they don’t last for centuries, Baked By Bibis biscotti are a great snack to have in your pantry for when you’re in the mood for a sweet treat.
Forget the biscotti that are so hard they feel like they might break your teeth. At Baked By Bibis, we craft our biscotti so you can eat them on their own without worrying about your pearly whites, yet sturdy enough so they won’t dissolve in your coffee. The perfect balance!
Best Drinks to Pair With Biscotti
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Biscotti’s unique crunchy texture and subtle sweetness make them a perfect snack to dunk in your drink. If you want to enjoy your biscotto like a true Tuscan, pair it with a glass of sweet, fortified wine. This wine is known as “Vin Santo” in Tuscany; you can also substitute it with marsala wine for a post dinner dessert.
Coffee is also a classic beverage with which to enjoy a biscotto: lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, or drip coffee. Whatever your go-to is, try it with biscotti. Equally delicious non-caffeinated pairings include herbal tea, hot chocolate, and milk (cold or frothed). To get the perfect texture, dunk the biscotto in your drink for approximately 10 to 12 seconds, then enjoy immediately.
When Should I Eat Biscotti?
The question is not if you should eat biscotti, but when. As soon as you can get your hands on a package of our Baked By Bibis biscotti, eat a cookie right out of the box and you’ll immediately be hooked. But really, you can eat biscotti at any point in the day.
Do you have a craving for something sweet for breakfast? Ditch the sugary cereal and buttery pastry, and enjoy some low-calorie, gluten free biscotti (only 50 calories per cookie!) with your morning cup of Joe.
A late afternoon or after-dinner craving calls for some tea or dessert wine and biscotti. Before bed, you can never go wrong with biscotti (Cookies & Creme, anyone?) and a cold glass of milk.
Read on for even more ways to incorporate biscotti into your life.
Creative Ways to Eat Biscotti
There’s no shame in eating biscotti straight out of the container — we do it all the time. But, if you want to spice up your biscotti intake, check out these creative ways to incorporate them into your diet.
Crushed up biscotti makes for a great granola substitute. Layer some yogurt, fresh fruit and your “granola” for a gorgeous yogurt parfait. Or, you can use biscotti (either crushed or put through the food processor) as a crust for a cheesecake.
Ever enjoyed ice cream with a biscotto? If you haven’t yet, it’s a must-try. Break it into chunks or dip it into your ice cream as it melts for a crunchy addition to a cold treat. Frozen yogurt and gelato (naturally, it’s Italian!) are also great pairings, if you prefer them to traditional ice cream.
Another creative way to enjoy biscotti is as a s’more accompaniment. Use a biscotto in lieu of a graham cracker for a tasty treat. Have you tried this hack yet? Let us know which flavor pairs best with ooey gooey marshmallows and melted chocolate.
Biscotti are also a no-brainer hors d’oeuvre or accompaniment to a charcuterie plate. With five delicious flavors (Apricot White Chip, Cookies & Creme, Cinnamon Crunch, Birthday Cake, and Chocolate Chip), Baked By Bibis biscotti are consistently a crowd-pleaser.
Next time you have a hankering for a biscotti, consider trying one of these creative pairings. Instead of taking the biscotti out of the box and putting it straight into your mouth (although we’re one hundred percent supportive of this), get creative with it! Are there any other pairings or creative for our Baked By Bibis biscotti that we missed? We would love to know how you incorporate our biscotti into your culinary life in creative ways.