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Biscocho: Filipino Biscotti

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Over the holidays I baked a lot of Taisan de Pampanga, butter-cheese loaves which I gave as gifts. I transformed them to Biscocho, the Filipino version of the biscotti.

Biscocho (say ‘bees-koh-choh’) is a familiar butter toast to most Filipinos. It is popular for a snack or else served as a side with ‘pancit’ (stir fried noodle dish).

My husband and I have fond memories of our childhood when biscocho was a mainstay for ‘merienda’ (afternoon snack) in each of our parents’ homes.

Here in America, we had been buying a ‘famous brand’ packaged biscocho in Filipino groceries. But it was high priced and the drive to the Asian markets was a distance. Also, I was not crazy about the artificial butter flavors from store-bought products. So I made my own.

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Baking biscocho was so easy. Here’s a couple of options you have: bake a buttery Taisan butter loaf (recipe is in my cookbook How to Cook Philippine Desserts, Cakes or Snacks – Amazon.com), bake a Basic Butter Cake or you can get a regular butter loaf from the grocery or bakery.

Once out of the oven, these buttery slices were simply irresistible. They were light, crumbly and the buttery aroma was intoxicating. Since I’ve baked them, we have enjoyed these with  warm mugs of coffee and on occasion, dunked it in hot cocoa.

Invite a friend over for tea and share some slices. Sometimes, it is the simple things in life that are always the best.

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Biscocho - Filipino Biscotti

Biscocho is the Filipino biscotti and are crunchy slices of butter toast. If you have butter cake loaves and good butter, then slice and bake these. You can bake a Taisan de Pampanga butter-cheese loaf (recipe is in my cookbook How to Cook Philippine Desserts on Amazon) or use a store-bought cake. This recipe was adapted from the “Bake Me A Cake” cookbook by Ginny Roces de Guzman. The recipe below serves 2 to 4 for a snack or side.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Resting Time1 hour
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Dessert, Merienda, Snacks
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Filipino Biscotti Biscocho Dessert
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 1608kcal
Author: Asian in America

Equipment

  • Large Baking Sheet (rimmed): 21 x 15 x 1 inches

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves (8 inches each) butter cake or Taisan de Pampanga butter loaves sliced in rectangles with 1/2 inch thickness
  • 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar divided, leave 2 Tablespoons for sprinkling after baking
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Queso de Bola (edam cheese) for sprinkling (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 250 F degrees.
    Prepare a large rimmed baking sheet by lining it with parchment or baking paper. Set aside.
  • Slice the butter loaf cakes with a 1/2 inch thickness. Take the slices and arrange them on the baking sheets. Leave an inch of space between each slice.
  • Brush each slice with melted butter.
    Sprinkle granulated sugar on each slice.
    Bake the biscocho slices at 250 F degrees for 1 hour.
  • After baking, remove from the oven. Place the biscocho slices on a baking rack to cool and maintain its crispness.
  • Sprinkle the remaining granulated sugar over the slices.
    If desired, sprinkle the grated cheese all over the biscocho.
  • To store: Keep biscocho in air-tight containers, in a cool place.
  • Cook's comments: I bake a Basic Butter Cake ahead of time and transform the slices into biscocho when I have time. Here is my recipe for homemade basic butter cake - click here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 1608kcal | Carbohydrates: 152g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 101g | Saturated Fat: 55g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1076mg | Potassium: 614mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 90g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 6mg

Nutrition Notes: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking or baking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Did you love this recipe? I have more Philippine dessert recipes in my popular cookbook How to Cook Philippine Desserts, Cakes and Snacks.

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9 Comments

  1. Thanks Ate for this recipe I thought Biscocho is difficult to make, that it did not cross my mind to make it myself.I will be making this soon. thanks.

    1. Thanks, Shobelyn! So glad you like this Biscocho recipe and hope you find it useful. I myself was amazed it was so easy and tasted far better when baked at home. Take care 🙂

  2. These look SO good! Pinning immediately! Sorry I haven’t been around in a while. It has been that kind of month? new year? holiday season that won’t end? something! 😀

  3. I agree, it looks easy to make, why buy those expensive biscocho. Thanks so much, I will make them asap.

    1. Thanks, Rebecca. Glad you like this recipe. You can use store-bought loaf cakes and do this if you’re out of time. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

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