The history of biscotti has to do with lifestyle in a day and time prior preservatives. Sorry, there was no magic culinary moment. There are several legends or stories as to the exact time biscotti came around. But all stories point to the fact that a cookie was needed for traveling. To make these "cookies" travel-ready a few key ingredients were PURPOSELY left out of what are usually in cookie recipes.
And to make them more travel-ready they were made into logs.
Nowadays, we have fancied up biscotti so that we can somehow justify selling a slice for $3.00. And for the most part these coffee house biscottis have strayed from the traditional Italian biscotti recipes and filled their cookies with preservatives and things I can't even pronounce.
And to add to the biscotti craze, many of these new fangled biscottis have migrated away from traditional Italian flavors - like, I saw a JELLY BEAN biscotti. Huh? Where did that come from?
Life moves on and it changes. Most of my biscotti recipes call for eggs and a teensy bit of oil, but I've only posted the more traditional recipes that we have been baking for a long time. I guess the craziest I got was the cranberry pistachio biscotti. Who's to say, maybe I'll experiment later on in life and try that Jelly Bean biscotti. I dunno.
I hope you take the time to try a biscotti baking. Biscotti is such a unique gift to give during the holidays, for thanks you's, a hostess gift etc...
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