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Sweet Lemon Pepper Biscotti

Product Information:

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.

Tea Suggestion:

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!

Product Information:

most popular, loaded with bittersweet chocolate chips and roasted hazelnuts, best for coffee, steamed milk with honey and hot chocolate

Learn more about Gilda’s Biscotti on their blog.

Tea Suggestion:

Well, despite the “best with” recommendation in the product description above, I did not eat these with coffee, or steamed milk, or hot chocolate.  Instead, I brewed a cup of this incredibly rich, delicious Golden Monkey Superior from Teas Etc.  The sweetness of the tea was enhanced further with the deliciously nutty hazelnut flavor of this biscotti, and the savory bitter as well as the sweet of the chocolate emerged strongly.  Delightful!

What I Think:

I mentioned in my last Gilda’s Biscotti review (Almond Anise Biscotti) that those were my favorite, and they still are.  But, these are nearing in at a very close second.  And for those who don’t care for anise (it is somewhat of an acquired taste), these Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti I think, would be more to their liking.

Like the other two biscotti varieties I’ve tried from Gilda’s Biscotti, these are deliciously crunchy and sweet, but I like that they aren’t too sweet.  They are somewhere between a biscuit and a cookie as far as sweetness goes – less sweet than a cookie, but a little more sweet than most biscuits.

These also have big chunks of hazelnut baked in them, but I don’t think that is where most of the hazelnut flavor is coming from.  I think they also have a hazelnut flavoring in them, because the hazelnut flavor has infiltrated every morsel of these biscotti.  The hazelnut is a strong flavor – very prominent in every bite.  Yum!

I find at least 1 chocolate chip in each biscotti, and that seems to be the only real chocolate flavor here.  Normally, the chocoholic in me would balk at the lack of chocolate, however, the hazelnut is so delicious that I find it difficult to complain about the lack of chocolate.

My Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed these… and the more I eat them, the tastier they are … which makes it quite difficult to stop!

photo from Foodzie, click on the pic to go there.

Product Information:

The classic from Prato, Italy, roasted whole almonds and anise seed, enjoy with steamed milk with honey, or Vin Santo. 

Learn more about Gilda’s Biscotti on their blog.

Tea Suggestion:

A rich black tea goes best with these amazing biscotti.  Try this Keemun Mao Feng from Life in Teacup.

What I Think:

Of the three flavors that I received of Gilda’s Biscotti, this was the one I was most excited to try.  I love anise with it’s delicious, licorice-y flavor, and I couldn’t wait to try anise flavored biscotti!

The almond offers a sweet, nutty background … and every once in a while, I bite into a chunk of almond.  But the best part of this biscotti is the ANISE!  The anise gives it a wonderful, snappy licorice flavor that is part sweet and part spice.

These bite size pieces of biscotti are really yummy!  The size is perfect for dunking in tea, and they are perfectly crisp and sweet, but not cloying.

My Final Thoughts:

Of the two biscotti I’ve tried from Gilda’s thus far, this one is definitely my favorite.  Absolutely YUM!

Product Description:

The richest biscotti, extra dark cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate chips and grown La Columbe espresso allows them to stand on their own.

Learn more about Gilda’s Biscotti on their blog.

Tea Suggestion:

I love dunking biscotti in my tea!  For this richly flavored biscotti, I selected an equally as rich tea:  this amazing Laoshan Northern Black tea from Verdant Tea.  The deep, rich chocolate flavor of the biscotti really highlights the delicious chocolate-y tones of the tea.

What I Think:

As I’ve said before, I love biscotti, so I’m always happy to try different brands and varieties!  This is the first of several flavors of Gilda’s Biscotti that I will be sampling over the next couple of weeks.

These little pieces of biscotti are so cute.  They aren’t those typical LONG pieces of biscotti that you might find elsewhere.  Each piece of biscotti is just over 1 1/2 inches long and about 1/4 of an inch wide.  They’re bite size, making them a lovely treat to serve with my morning tea.

Texture wise, it is very much what I expected from biscotti.  Very hard and crunchy.  I have reviewed other biscotti on this blog, some had a slightly softer texture … they were still incredibly crunchy but not quite as hard as these.  And while I do prefer the slightly softer texture, that is not to say that I dislike these, because I don’t!

I love the flavor of this one.  I am not normally one to enjoy espresso (coffee?  me?  NO!)  But I do have to admit that the espresso goes very well with chocolate.  I don’t really taste a strong coffee/espresso flavor, but, I do taste how it enriches the chocolate tones in a way that nothing else can.  The chocolate is so incredibly rich, I taste so many subtle nuances within the dark chocolate now that are just … absent … when espresso or coffee is not added.

My Final Thoughts:

Overall, these are rich and chocolatey, with a strong, crunchy texture that although quite hard to the tooth, it does not detract from the delicious flavor of the chocolate.  These biscotti should be on every chocoholic’s must try list!

Where to Buy:  Biscotti Bari on Foodzie

Price:  $8.00 for a 5.29-ounce package (there are about 20 smaller sized biscotti in each package)

Product Description:

Our Apricot Pecan Biscotti are loaded with dried apricots grown in Hollister, California by B & R Farms and farm fresh pecans from Chico, California. Our Apricot Pecan Biscotti are favored for their browned-butter flavor & nutty crunch…and of course, all those apricots!

What I Think:

I think that in the past two months, I’ve eaten more biscotti than I have my entire life prior to receiving my tasting box for May.  But, I’m not complaining, especially since the biscotti that I’ve been eating is from Biscotti Bari!

This Apricot Pecan Biscotti reminds me a bit of a cookie my gramma used to make:  a tender, buttery dough that encased a dollop of homemade apricot filling, and then topped with a crunchy, toasted almond.   She didn’t make these very often because they were a little more labor-intensive than say, a batch of chocolate chip cookies (and she also only made them in the summer when the apricots were plentiful on her apricot tree in the backyard); so when she did make them, they were a real treat.

This flavors of this biscotti are very reminiscent of the flavors of those cookies.  The apricots are very plentiful in the biscotti, and they are sweet and delicious.  If I were to offer any complaint about the biscotti at all, it would be that the apricot is just a little too dry – and this makes the chewy, dry apricot a little tough to bite into.  The “cookie” part of the biscotti is delectable!  Buttery and sweet, and filled with crunchy pecans, and just like the other biscotti I’ve tried from Biscotti Bari, the cookie isn’t as hard as a store-bought piece of biscotti.

And of course, you’ve got to have some hot tea when you eat biscotti – and I chose to pair this biscotti with a cup of Om Chai from Shanti Tea.  This is a fairly mellow chai – not strongly spiced – and made a perfect accompaniment with the sweet flavors of the biscotti.

My Final Thoughts:

I finished these off quickly, and they taste so good (and deliver fond memories) that I know I will be wanting to order them again and again!   These are fabulous!

Where to Buy:  Biscotti Bari on Foodzie

Price:  $8.00 for approximately 20 bite-size pieces of biscotti (5.29 ounce package)

Product Description:

Our Pistachio Chocolate Chunk Biscotti are packed full of San Franciso’s TCHO Chocolate and California grown roasted pistachios. Chocolately, nutty, crunchy…a biscotti lover’s treat!

What I Think:

After sampling the biscotti offerings in the May Tasting Box, I knew I had to order more of the biscotti from Biscotti Bari.  I loved both the Lemon Poppyseed and the Authentic Almond Biscotti that was included in the tasting box, but I must admit that there was just something exceptional about the Authentic Almond.   Along with a full-size Authentic Almond, I also ordered this and the Apricot Pecan biscotti (which I shall review later).

I was very pleased with the speed in which my order arrived!  Also tucked inside the box with my order was a handwritten note of thanks – I like that personal touch!

But let’s get on to the review, shall we?  This biscotti is amazing.  I love the texture!  It is quite crisp, they way one might expect a biscotti to be (biscotto means twice baked), but there is a lightness to it too.  It isn’t so hard that one is likely to chip a tooth if they bite into it without first dipping it in tea (I like Keemun with biscotti), although I must say that I do prefer dipping it before taking a bite.

This biscotti is incredibly decadent.  The cocoa of the biscotti is rich, and there are BIG chunks of creamy chocolate in the biscotti (they warm up just enough when dipped into the hot tea!)  There are also large bits of crunchy pistachio in the biscotti.  As much as I love chocolate, I like the way the pistachio sort of cuts through some of the richness of the chocolate.  I think it would become a bit too much if they weren’t there.

As it is, though, it is a nice balance of flavors.  Just enough nutty flavor to keep it interesting, but also intensely, deliciously chocolate-y.  It is almost sinful!  The chocolate, the pistachios… YUM!

My Final Thoughts:

If you love chocolate, you really MUST try this biscotti.  But be warned, once you try the biscotti from Biscotti Bari, there is no turning back… you’ll never want ordinary biscotti again!

Where to Buy:  Biscotti Bari on Foodzie

Product Description:

Our Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti are a sweet treat loaded with crunchy poppyseeds and a tangy, lemony zip! Our secret ingredient is Sonoma Syrup’s Lemon Extract (shh- don’t tell).

What I Think:

This Lemon Poppyseed Biscotti reminds me very much of the Authentic Almond (also from Biscotti Bari).  The flavors are different, of course, but both possess the same light, tender texture that is crunchy without being too hard.

The lemon flavor here is so sunny and bright.  The poppy seeds add a little something to the texture as well as a light yet satisfying nutty taste.  While this is reminiscent of one of my favorite muffin flavors – I am finding this to be even more satisfying.  Perhaps it is because I can dip this in my tea and not have it fall apart (ever try dipping a muffin in tea?  Yeah, it just doesn’t work very well).

I really love the two pieces of biscotti that arrived in this month’s Tasting Box – and these taste so good that I’ve been inspired to order them again, along with the Pistachio Chocolate Chunk.  (What can I say?  I’m a chocoholic)

My Final Thoughts: 

Biscotti Bari has definitely raised the Bar(i) (sorry, I couldn’t resist) when it comes to biscotti.  No more ordinary biscotti for me!