Biscotti are hard, crunchy, nearly rectangular shaped biscuits that originated from Italy. We usually see them in the big glass jar in a cafe or the mini version of them that served together with coffee.
My only twice encounters with biscotti from cafe left a rather negative impression on me. That was hard but not crunchy, more towards the texture of the chewy Malay snack keropok. It is in between a stale bread and a soggy biscuit, neither which is appealing to me. (keropok is nice though)
I later found out I had the “wrong” biscotti at about 2 a.m. of a sleepless night in January. That was another night of insomnia, which sprouted from my early 20s and gotten very frequently at my late 20s. I have tried many ways to overcome this problem (set up a proper go-to-bed routine, Chamomile or warm milk, aromatherapy, yoga etc) but none of them were really effective for me to continue trying. The problem went off after I learnt how to manage my stress and anxiety. However, the causes for insomnia multiplies as I grow old, there are still occasionally few nights in a month that I can’t sleep.
That night was one of those nights, which I now feel more at ease with them. I knew staying on bed only makes thing worse so I went to the living room , turned on the TV and watched cooking shows. This is the most effective method so far that I accidentally found last year. It magically takes only about 30 minutes to make me fall asleep on the couch. The cooking shows varies: Secret Meat Business that cooks only deadly attractive (but not healthy) meat dishes, Nigella Lawson’s casual and relax cooking and more often at late night, the rather formal and detailed baking tutorials by Anna Olson. I never feel hungry while watching those shows, I felt warm and peace instead. Maybe it is because of those food that never meant to only warm up our body.
The moment I saw the biscotti were baked twice, I knew I would like it because it would be really crunchy! The original recipe incorporated chocolate chips which I omitted in my version as I simply ran out of chocolate chips in my fridge. I found the cocoa powder did its work nicely but if you prefer a more chocolaty flavour just add a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Oh ya, these biscotti are hard, you better slice it thinner if you think your teeth are not that strong LOL.