National Biscotti Day is dedicated to one of the oldest cookie recipes in the world. Biscotti is an oblong, crunchy dessert of European origin, served with tea or coffee so that the dry pieces can be dipped into a hot drink. Today, it comes in different flavors – cappuccino, a variety of nuts, raisins, and dried apricots.
Biscotti is a versatile treat that can be enjoyed at any time, and is suitable even for vegetarians. The treat first appeared in Rome. They are distinguished by a special cooking technology called double baking – they are baked twice to make them dry. The finished product has a long shelf life, so it was used for soldiers and travel.
- The treat is common in Tuscany, where almond groves grow, so the confectioners changed the recipe and added unroasted almonds to it.
- You can also find cantucci cookies on sale, but this is just an imitation of the original recipe.
- Many associate biscotti with Palm Sunday, as the dessert is used to decorate the palm leaves that the parishioners donate to the church.
- In Tuscany, cookies are soaked not only in tea and coffee, but also in wine, and they are also used as an addition to various dishes – rice, sauces, and sardines.
How to take part
Enjoy biscotti, brew a cup of coffee or brew tea – each drink reveals the dessert’s taste in a different way. Bake a treat, share it with people around you – a great way to celebrate the holiday.
When is National Biscotti Day in 2023?
National Biscotti Day is observed on September 29 each year.