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Homemade Digestive Biscuits

Most of us indulge in crackers purchased from stores.  In India we call them biscuits and they are a perfect snack for tea time. It can be in the morning or early evening. Today I am sharing with you another biscuit recipe.

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Digestive Biscuits are similar to a Graham cracker, but a lot more cookie-like .... and a lot more elegant and most important it is without all those nasty preservatives that crackers purchased from stores  have. These are great for the kids,  very simple to make, very few ingredients needed which we usually have in our pantry . They taste so much better than store bought. They are delicious with tea and fruit. I also use them when I make no bake cheese cake too.
Some Fun Facts about these biscuits :
These biscuits were developed during the latter part of the 19th century to increase fiber in Victorian diets, they originally contained bicarbonate of soda, they were thought to aid in digestion. They are practically health food!

 

Digestive biscuit

This dough is really easy to roll out and work with.  I combined all of the ingredients in a Bowl, but you can also mix them with a pastry blender or your hands. :D

Ingredients

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats/roughly powdered
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • A pinch of salt(Skip it if using salted butter)
  • 1/3 cup  brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoon  unsalted butter/col(you can even use coconut oil)
  • 4-5 tablespoon of milk

 Biscuits

  • Roughly powder the oats in a food processor .
  • Mix  it in a bowl with the whole wheat flour, brown sugar & baking soda. Dig a well in the center and add the butter although soft (not melted).

 method

  • Mix it   until consistency of coarse sand.Add milk slowly as needed .
  • Then mix up to form a ball of dough. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate 20 minutes .

 method digestive biscuits

  • Preheat oven to 350*F Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper  /Approx 1/4cm thick.
  • Cut out cookies using cookie cutters 8 to 8.5 cm diameter (an inverted glass will do), place on a tray lined with baking paper. Prick with a Barbecue wooden stick and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to keep an close eye after 5 -8 min .
  • We need the cookies are a nice golden color.

 cool the biscuits

  • Take off the baking sheet with a spatula (they are soft) and allow to cool .They will harden as they cool off.

 Digestive whole wheat biscuits

 

Home-made Digestive Biscuits

Home-made Digestive Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats/roughly powdered
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter/cold(you can even use coconut oil)
  • 4-5 tablespoon of milk

Instructions

  1. Roughly powder the oats in a food processor .
  2. Mix it in a bowl with the whole wheat flour, brown sugar & baking soda. Dig a well in the center and add the butter although soft (not melted).
  3. Mix it until consistency of coarse sand.Add milk slowly as needed .
  4. Then mix up to form a ball of dough. Wrap the ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate 20 minutes .
  5. Preheat oven to 350*F Roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper /Approx 1/4cm thick.
  6. Cut out cookies using cookie cutters 8 to 8.5 cm diameter (an inverted glass will do), place on a tray lined with baking paper. Prick with a Barbecue wooden stick and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Make sure to keep an close eye after 5 -8 min .
  7. We need the cookies are a nice golden color.
  8. Take off the baking sheet with a spatula (they are soft) and allow to cool .They will harden as they cool off.
  9. NOTE: if using salted butter (SKIP salt)

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Dawn

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

They taste good - not really sweet but good for a snack. I figured each had roughly 75 k and 11-12 carbs after 1.5 of fiber. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I looked it up after reading one too many books set in England. Biscuits seem to be a big deal there 😛

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Anna Fletcher-Tse

Monday 27th of April 2020

I've made these twice in the last two days because my hubby can't get enough of them. They are fantastic.

Divyata

Thursday 5th of March 2020

Hi, Me and my daughter loves digestive biscuits. Tried twice. They came out soft and not golden brown. Kept again for another 5 mins. Nw they are harden not crispy. Thank you.

Soniya Saluja

Friday 6th of March 2020

Hi Divyata, they come out soft and they crispy up as they cool down.. do not over cook them.

Janne

Monday 31st of December 2018

I love digestive biscuits and will try your recipe with the addition of ground coconut for more fiber and maybe some ground bran cereal as well. I will also probably substitute confectioners sugar for brown sugar for texture. Just so you'll know, bicarbonate of soda and baking soda are the same thing.

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