Vocabulary Building in the Kitchen

Bis-cot-ti

by Betsy Carnie

Bis-cot-ti

Nina Carelli

Biscotti is the plural of biscotto, a hard nut-flavored cookie. The word biscotto can be broken down to its Latin roots: bis, a prefix meaning “two,” combines with cotcus or cotco, meaning “cooked” –therefore, “twice cooked.” Traditional biscotti recipes call for the dough to first be formed into a loaf and baked, then sliced into cookies and baked again, accounting for its singular texture that makes it nice for dipping in coffees and teas. A bit of trivia: cotcus/cotco also makes an appearance in “terra cotta,” which literally means “baked earth.”