After Pesah….Time for baking! Here is my mom’s recipe for making Biscochos! (you asked ….here it is!) Biscochos are often called tea biscuits. We think of them as a “biscotti”, a crunchy treat! Biscochos are a bit sweet and are wonderful with your morning coffee (could be afternoon or evening coffee or tea or even milk, for that matter!!) If you’ve been to our home, my mom’s house, our synagogue, you’ve had my mom’s Biscochos. They are ‘twice baked,’ which gives them that extra crunch. A very special part of our cultural repertoire.
They’re made with love – that, you can definitely taste it!
Here’s the recipe. My mother takes great pleasure in sharing her recipes and techniques and having her ‘students’ excel on their baking journey. Give them a try! And let us know how you’re enjoying them!
1 Cup eggs
1 C sugar
3/4 C oil
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
5 – 7 C flour
1 egg + 1 drop of water, beaten well
(alternative to sesame seeds: cinnamon and sugar or “sprinkles”)
These are my mom’s directions:
With electric mixer, beat eggs and oil in a mixing bowl. Add sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until well blended. Add flour and baking powder gradually, knead into a medium dough until no longer sticky.
*The ‘Cup’ method of method of measuring eggs is important. Eggs come in different sizes – Medium, Large, Jumbo. By measuring by the Cup, one is more likely to get a more uniform measure. It makes a significant enough difference. Get as close to 1 Cup as possible.
Place onto floured work area and finish kneading dough with additional flour as needed. Dough should not be sticky as long as you can handle it without it sticking to your hands.
Take walnut-sized pieces and roll down on table with palms of hands into a rope about 5 inches long and only 1/2 inch thick.
Press down with fingers to create channel;
Fold rope over and cut slits into the edge.
Join into a bracelet shape. Brush egg on top side.
Dip top side into sesame seeds. (or sprinkles)
If using cinnamon/sugar on top, no egg wash needed.
Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 12 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove from pan. Allow to cool.
After they are cooled, return to oven at 200 degrees for one hour. This is where they get that extra crunch – the all important ‘biscucharing’ process.
Now……time to sit down with a cup of coffee and a Biscocho and relax!
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Thank you for your note. We are in USA, California. I blog the recipes and baking of my mother. The blog began when cousins wanted to know how my mom was making something, how she was ‘doing’ something….. and the idea of video clips and pictures of the various steps together with the recipes was the beginning of the blog.
My mother’s parents and my father’s parents came to this country from the Island of Rhodes when it was still Ottoman (Turkish).
We are part of the Ladino Sephardic community.
My family and I are Zionist and involved with Israel Advocacy. That is our primary activity.
We stay connected to our Ladino Sephardic roots through several community groups, including the Sephardic Educational Center which has a campus in Jerusalem. We are connected to our Sephardic synagogue, which has welcomed many other groups in to the kehila. We are now a beautiful mixture of people from throughout the Middle-East and Mediterranean. We also stay connected to other Sephardic synagogues and communities in the States.
We stay involved with a local Masorti congregation and a neighborhood Chabad.
What a wonderful world of opportunities to learn, share and grow!
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I love your stories and recipes. My grandpa surname was Weingarten, I’m looking for the origin of this (quite common) name. I wonder if you could share some information about it.