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Monday, February 11, 2013

English Digestive Biscuits


I buy digestive biscuits regularly but never thought of baking them at home until I happened to notice this recipe. The simplicity of the recipe and the fact that my son likes them led me to try them. And to my surprise, this time I was the one who consumed the most as I really liked them.
The digestive biscuits / sweet meal biscuits are popular worldwide though they originated in the United Kingdom. They were developed during the latter part of the 19th century to increase the fiber in the Victorian diets. They were originally known as wheaten and the term "digestive" was coined from the belief that the use of sodium bicarbonate in the recipe had antacid properties. (Source: Wiki)

Ingredients: (yield 20 biscuits)
1.5 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners sugar (I used 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup cold milk (I used 1/2 cup)


Method:
* Combine the flours and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender / two knives or your fingertips. Add sugar and enough milk to make a stiff dough. Transfer this mixture to a floured surface and knead it until smooth. I used my food processor for the job and it was done in no time 
 * Flour the working surface. Roll the dough into about 1/8 inch thick and cut into rounds of 2 1/2 inches diameter. Or one can choose to go with any desired shape other than the traditional rounds. I used a small stainless steel cup to cut the rounds.
* Preheat the oven to 350 deg F and grease a baking sheet.
* Place the cut rounds on the greased cookie sheets and prick evenly with a fork. 


* Bake until pale gold, about 15 - 20 minutes. Don't be tempted to bake longer than the mentioned time or you would end up with harder biscuits. 
* Serve them with tea or coffee.

This is my Day 2 post under "Baking with Whole Grains" theme. Check here to know what other marathoners of BM#25 are cooking.

Comments

19 comments:

Hamaree Rasoi said...

so very neat and even !!

Nisha Sundar said...

Wow.. This is very interesting.. Even I dint' think its quite easy to make.. Yours look perfect.. :) Bookmarked...

Maayeka said...

wow!!healthy and delicious..nice recipe!!

Aruna Manikandan said...

wow...
looks perfect and delicious :)

Leena said...

Perfectly baked digestives...delicious!

Priya said...

Omg, very attractive and elegant biscuits, beautifully baked.

Kalpana Sareesh said...

so good nice shapes..

Savitha Ganesan said...

Lovely biscuits.perfect for te atime.

Nisha said...

bookmarked , very nicely done

Sumi said...

great recipe, didnt imagine that we could make them at home :) good one

Chef Mireille said...

these look as good as the ones from the package.btw thanx for your mesg on my guest post - I actually had a typo in the link but it is fixed now

Sushma Madhuchandra said...

Looks as if they are store brought. Bookmarking it right away :D

Pavani said...

Never thought Marie biscuits could be made at home. Love KAF site, they have recipes for practically every baked product in the world.

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi said...

Love these biscuits ; they look like they are store bought :)
I have had my eye on baking these but never got to bake them! Now that I see your successful attempt, I am tempted to try these too!

Srivalli said...

Can't believe the same ingredients in different proportions would bring in something like this suma, very nice and I agree they look so much like those branded ones..great job..would want to do these some day!

Preeti Garg said...

Wow.. Look amazing..
Is it really homemade i thought it's brought from mkt

Nandita Pai Shirali said...

Wow... i love digestive biscuits and this recipe looks easy. Thanks for sharing.. am sure to try this :) Loved it!

Pooja S said...

wow....really nice biscuits...I will definitely try

Apu said...

Yum, my favorite!