Biscocho (Biskotso): A Filipino snack recipe borrowed from Spain

by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  May 5, 2022

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As the name already implies, biscocho is obviously another one of those Spanish-influenced snacks that Filipinos have embraced and assimilated.

The word “biskotso” itself seems to be a Filipinized version of the Spanish “bizcocho”, which literally means “biscuit”.

The biscocho recipe has its counterparts in the Hispanic and Latin American countries, with varying similarities to our recipe.

Biscocho Filipino (Biskotso)

In the Philippines, biscocho is typically associated with the Visayan province of Ilo-Ilo wherein the bread is baked, then topped with butter or margarine, sugar, and garlic (which is optional).

However, because of the mobility of Filipinos, this biscocho recipe has been brought over to the country’s different regions.

Depending on who’s preparing the biskotso or on convenience, the bread can be baked at home or brought from the supermarket. Or you can always grab leftover bread from yesterday’s merienda!

Biscocho recipe tips & preparation

This biscocho recipe is easy to prepare since there’s barely any real cooking that’ll go on.

You’ll just have to spread the butter or margarine and sugar on the bread (you can adjust the amount of sugar depending on how sweet or unobtrusive you want the sugar to be) and toast it in a toaster.

If you don’t have a toaster though, you can lightly spread a very thin layer of butter on a flat pan and toast the bread on top.

This biscocho recipe is sure to be a go-to recipe for your merienda or breakfast meals. As a breakfast fare, this can be eaten with other foods or as a standalone.

For merienda in both midday and mid-afternoon, this is always served as a standalone.

Best served with hot coffee or chocolate, this is sure to tickle your taste buds in the morning and refresh your stomach during your midday or mid-afternoon merienda.

Biscocho Filipino (Biskotso)

Biscocho recipe (Filipino biskotso)

Joost Nusselder
Best served with hot coffee or chocolate, this is sure to tickle your taste buds in the morning and refresh your stomach during your midday or mid-afternoon merienda.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 12 pcs stale or fresh slice bread (white whole grain)

Instructions
 

  • Put oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat at 325 F.
  • Put the butter in a microwaveable bowl and melt.
  • Spray cookie sheet and arrange the sliced bread.
  • Brush bread with butter on each side and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Bake bread in a preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes each side until the bread is crispy. We have a different oven so it may or may not be a longer baking time for you. Pay attention to the bread, as it burns quickl
Keyword Banana bread
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