Whatever it is, these classic biscotti should be in your pantry for all occasions. The stunning blue package holds more than half a pound of crisp, sweet, twice-baked cookies that are perfect on their own, crumbled over ice cream or dunked in Vin Santo.
The ingredients are simple and fresh - whole eggs, flour, almonds, pine nuts and sugar - but the flavor is far more than the sum of its parts. Biscotti means "twice-baked". The dough is formed into logs for the first baking. When the cookies have cooled, they're cut into their traditional shape and baked again, crisping them to perfection. The double-baking process gives these cookies a long shelf life, but it's made longer by the special bag that Francesco Pandolfini had designed expressly for his biscotti. The bag is double-lined...foil and plastic, to ensure the cookies don't get stale and arrive to you in perfect condition.
If you can make it to Prato, Italy, on Via Ricasoli, you'll find the quaint little shop of Antonio Mattei. They pack the signature blue bags into adorable hat boxes. Pick up some biscotti and stroll over to enjoy a cappucino and see the stunning Castello Dell'imperatore. But on the chance you cannot squeeze in a trip to Italy this winter, we're happy to bring this delicious and authentic treat straight to your doorstep.?
Posted by Barbara Johnson on 1st Aug 2012
Our friends in Firenze introduced us to these. I have since ordered them by the dozen to give as house gifts and an occasions. I always have them on hand for special after dinner treats. They stay fresh and are always crunchy and have that special flavor that reminds us of being in Florence.