Biscotti is a Italian cookie that is famous throughout the world of pastries. The word biscotti is an Italian portmanteau. A portmanteau is a word that combines two words into one. For example, in the American culture “suit” and “case” are paired together to become suitcase. The word “scotto” in Italian means bake , and the word “bi" means twice. If you put those together, “biscotti” the meaning is twice baked cookie.
The birthplace of Biscotti is said to be in the Tuscany region of Italy. The cookies were carefully baked twice to get their signature crisp texture and narrow shape. Over the years this became, “the way” to make biscotti. Bakers would turn the dough into a log shape, bake it, then slice it into thin pieces, and finally toast it again.
After hundreds of years baking biscotti the traditional way, it was decided that the this was too expensive and time consuming. So they made a tray that shaped the dough into thin shaped slices, just like the original method, and does not require the second toasting time. At Kizito we prefer the traditional way. Come in and try biscotti at Kizito Cookies today!