The cookie taking over the dessert world
  • 28 Nov - 04 Dec, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • High Life

The internet is like that polygamist lover who switches fancies faster than you can burn rotis. Few weeks into lockdown, it was flirting with Dalgona coffee, then started fantasising about pretty food that looked way too good to eat. Its love affair with banana bread looked pretty solid, that is, until the Interweb locked eyes, and lips with a creamy, salty, caramel lover – Lotus Biscoff.

Every third Instagram story, every fourth Youtube video tutorial is offering up a variety of ways to use the product. But what the heck is it? Why is everyone so obsessed with it? We dug deep into its roots, and found that this new lover is in fact an ageing beauty.

Born in 1932, thanks to a Belgian baker named Jan Boone Sr, Lotus Biscoff emerged as caramelised biscuit made from natural ingredients. It paired perfectly with coffee, and ‘Biscoff’ is allegedly a combination of ‘biscuit’ and ‘coffee’. Airlines like Delta began to serve it with their beverages – even incurring the wrath of passengers when it was off-boarded.

Such has been the enduring appeal of the crispy yet chewy caramel-tinged biscuit.

The family-owned business went beyond the original biscuit, and now produces sandwich biscuits, ice cream and a spread that’s even more decadent than Nutella. Home bakers and chefs have been experimenting with these ingredients in their recipes for years but it was the Biscoff Lasagne by food blogger and baker Walla Abu-Eid that seems to have sparked the resurgence on social media in 2020, and Pakistan has caught on – we’re seeing Lotus Biscoff milkshakes, cheesecakes and more.

6 irresistible Lotus Biscoff treats

Although this dessert trend has been around in Pakistan for a while now, looks like our chefs and restaurants have given a popularity boost to the sweet and savoury delight, with many variations popping up around.

And hey, we’re not complaining.

In fact, we are more than happy to discover the endless choice of this amazing treat! So, if you don’t know where to start, fret not, because we’ve got you covered:

Lotus Biscoff Cheesecake

Thyme Restaurant offers a wide range of delicious cakes, and we love them the most for their drool-worthy Lotus Biscoff Cheesecake! Like most of their other selections, the biscoff cake tastes humble, but definitely memorable. It’s something you will dream about before you sleep. With just the right amount of sweet and salty, this cake is perfect for family gatherings as well as to be enjoyed alone.

Lotus Biscoff French Toast

Coco 9 Cafe that became famous for its numerous desserts ranging from tarts, cakes to biscotti and a multitude of flavoured macaroons, already has a Lotus Biscoff dessert listed in their menu. That said, our attention today is centered on their latest addition – Lotus Biscoff French Toast with. Yum, that is a spectacular creation! We guarantee it’s a good dessert to order when you visit the beautiful cafe.

Lotus Churros and Shake

D’oh, a family-run venture located in Karachi has become specifically famous for its Lotus flavoured churros and shakes. You can expect to have a dine dessert experience at D’oh. Their Lotus desserts are amazingly delicate in the decoration, and mediculous in taste.

Lotus Ice Cream

Who doesn’t like ice cream? Or waffles? Or waffles with ice cream? The Waffle Witch is a dream come true. You’ll be able to find a variety of good and flavourful ice creams here, which taste even better when paired with their signature waffles. Don’t forget to try the Lotus Biscoff Ice Cream!

Lotus Pancakes

Nobby Café is serving Lotus Pancakes and we think we have found our favourite breakfast spot. This combination of pancakes and Biscoff cookies are a perfect match. A truly magical experience. Probably the next pancake on your bucket list?

Lotus Biscoff Doughnuts

Doughnut lovers, rejoice! Easy, located in Karachi, is definitely an Insta-worthy spot but what’s more, they have a new addition to their extensive menu – the Lotus Biscoff Doughnut. It’s definitely one of their best-selling item.