Since one of you will soon get a box of biscotti, I got inspired to talk a little bit about these traditional Italian cookies. The origin of this long-shelf-life treat goes back to Roman times. Because biscotti are baked twice, they are completely dry and more durable than other cookies or breads.
During Ancient times, biscotti were considered a convenient food for Roman Legions and other travelers. A Tuscan baker re-introduced the biscotti during the Renaissance by serving it with wine. Centuries later, the Italians still enjoy biscotti dipped in wine at the end of a meal.
Today’s biscotti are made many different flavors and they are a popular accompaniment to cappuccino. They are also great on desserts or dipped in chocolate.
Chocolate dipped Biscotti
6oz of semi sweet chocolate chips
½ teaspoon of orange zest
1 teaspoon of orange flavor liquor
Place the chocolate chips, orange zest and liquor in a medium bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bottom of the pan does not touch the water. Stir until the chocolate mixture is fully melted and smooth. Dip each biscotto in the chocolate in a lengthwise position to get a taste of chocolate on each bite. Transfer the dipped biscotti to a wire rack, set over a baking sheet, until the chocolate has hardened. Store in an airtight container.
They pair very well with espresso!
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