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Baking bikkies.

I’m continuing on from the previous post about Chocolate HobNobs and Digestive biscuits, with a little bit of history and a few recipes. To start with, here’s how Digestives got their name.

In 1839, a pair of Scottish doctors added some sodium bicarbonate to the usual biscuit mixture of flour, sugar and butter. This was thought to have the same fundamental properties and health benefits you might find in an antacid and thus would aid digestion.They had invented the Digestive Biscuit. In 1892, Alexander Grant developed and patented the original, prototypical recipe for McVitie’s digestive biscuits.

For those of you who can’t buy HobNobs or Chocolate Wheaten Biscuits, I’ve dug out a few different recipes for you to try. Sadly I’m not planning to bake any of them myself. I’ve put on a few extra pounds in the last few weeks, so I’m trying to lose them again, and thus will restrict myself  to calorie-free virtual biscuits with my cuppa.
But if anyone does try any of these recipes, take a photo of your bikkies (or cookies) and email it to me, along with a link to the recipe you used and any comment you have about the final result. I’ll post them here, as I’m sure people would love to hear about them.

This recipe got a lot of likes online. It’s for digestive biscuits, and you can add  the chocolate topping at the end.

Fellow writer Erin Grace made the bikkies in the photo. Don’t they look delicious?  It’s a shame we can’t taste them. Here’s a link to the recipe she used.

For those of us who have gluten intolerant people or vegans in the family here’s a gluten-free vegan recipe for Chocolate HobNobs  that looks pretty yummy. 

And finally, here’s a Jamie Oliver recipe for homemade digestive biscuits.

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9 days ago

My husband reminds me graham crackers in the US were developed as a health food in the same period. Now we squish toasted marshmallows and chocolate bar bits on them and call them “S’Mores,” as in, I’d like some more. Definitely not a health food!
The graham cracker (1829) derives its name from the eccentric American clergyman and health reformer Sylvester Graham, who is also associated with the popularization of whole wheat bread and credited as one of the early pioneers of the American vegetarian movement. (Britannica

9 days ago
Reply to  Robin

How interesting, Robin. I’ve often wondered about Graham crackers. I see them mentioned in recipes for cheesecake bases, Next time I go to the US I’ll have to remember to buy a packet and taste them. Thanks for the history.