Not too sweet but very flavorful and somewhat addictive; do not let the “pepper” throw you. Made with Gran Marnier and fresh lemon peel. You will be pleasantly surprised. Perfect for serving with a glass of wine and cheese or just as a dessert.
I received a bag of this biscotti in my February Knoshbox.
I enjoyed my biscotti with this Budlabeta Estate Assam GBOP SPL from Upton Tea Imports. This was a perfect pairing! A bold, rich flavor of the tea was enhanced by the delicious, bright flavor of the lemon-y, peppery biscotti. A really great tea-tea time treat!
What I Think:
Before dunking (because really, that’s the joy of biscotti, isn’t it? Dunking it in tea?) I took a bite of the biscotti to test the texture. Most biscotti is hard and crunchy … some veering on the side of rock hard! Right off the bat, I notice that this biscotti is different! Yes, it has that dry, crunchy texture, but it’s softer … not quite as hard on the tooth (and necessitating the dunk to soften the bite!) … this biscotti could actually be eaten without dunking, if you so desired. It has a texture that reminds me of shortbread … buttery … almost crumbly/flaky! It’s really quite splendid and a welcome change from the standard biscotti.
The difference – for me at least – between dunking and not dunking is that I found that the flavors were intensified when I dunked them into my cup of Assam tea. Dunking brought out the sweet-tart flavor of the lemon and the hint of spicy bite from the black pepper! The pepper was especially noticeable from the dunk … and not quite as prominent when it isn’t dunked. But when not dunked … I notice more of the buttery, flaky, melt in your mouth consistency of the cookie, and I really liked that too!
My Final Thoughts:
I really loved the texture of this biscotti – it was almost tender rather than the rock hard biscotti that is so common. It reminds me of a buttery shortbread. It was sturdy enough to maintain its integrity when thoroughly soaked from a dunking, but, tender enough to bite into without the dunk! You won’t break your teeth on this biscotti!