How To Make Digestive Biscuits
Digestive biscuits are traditional British biscuits which are popular in the United Kingdom. They are similar to Graham crackers from the United States but do not taste the same. They are slightly sweet and crumbly. It’s often eaten with tea or coffee and is often dunked in the hot drink. Digestive biscuit got its name from the sodium bicarbonate that is used to make the biscuits, sodium bicarbonate helps in reducing acid in the digestive system and the biscuit was referred to as a digestive because of this ingredient. There are many brand names that make this popular biscuit, but McVitie’s digestive biscuit is the brand that is mostly brought. The digestive biscuit is not only made in plain wholemeal, there are other variations on offer like chocolate digestive biscuits that are covered in chocolate on one side. There are also caramel, mint and chocolate digestive biscuits. But you can make your own digestive biscuits at home to enjoy. It’s pretty quick and easy to make this digestive biscuit.
What you'll need:
100 grams whole wheat flour
100 grams plain all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
50 grams brown or white sugar
2 tablespoons milk
Food processor (optional)
Round pastry cutter
Greased baking tray
50 grams butter
Place the flours, salt, sugar and baking powder in the food processor and mix together. Add the butter and blend together with the other ingredients.
Add the milk to form a stiff dough. You can add more milk if it’s needed, just make sure it doesn’t turn out sticky. It must be firm enough to roll out. You can mix the dough without a food process, just rub ingredients together by hand to form the dough.
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees. Bring dough together to form a smooth ball. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a ¼ cm thick. The key is to roll it out as thin as you can.
Cut into rounds circles with the pastry cutter and place unto baking tray. Prick over the tops with a fork if you want. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. You can now eat your homemade digestive biscuits.
Digestive biscuits are a simple treat to make at any time of the year. You can vary the recipe according to your taste. You can replace the plain flour with 100 gram of oats to turn it into an oatmeal digestive biscuits. The digestive biscuits can be crushed for a cheesecake base or for any other dessert recipe that requires digestive biscuits.
You can melt some chocolate and coat one side for chocolate digestives.
Coat one side with caramel for caramel digestives.
You can cut into other shapes like hearts for example if you want.