3 Feb 2011

(chocolate) digestives

Digestive biscuits; probably the worst sounding name for a great biscuit. I never bought them until a few Christmases ago when I saw this Homer Simpson cup. His head was sliced off on the top, brains and skulls hollowed out for your drink. Whereas his open mouth was a biscuit holder for two packaged chocolate digestive biscuits.

Pretty awesome cup right? Too bad I didn't get it, but I bought a whole packet of chocolate digestives at the supermarket :)

I recently I found out about King Arthur Flour's recipes from Xiaolu's recent post. There are lots of recipes that use wholemeal flour and lots of recipes I'd like to try out, but the digestive biscuits was a first choice for me.

These were super easy to mix in the processor and makes lots and lots of crunchy biscuits. Even better with a thick coating of dark chocolate at the bottom!

Oh by the way, for those celebrating, Happy Chinese New Year!


(chocolate) digestives
adapted from king arthur's english digestive biscuits

I didn't count them but it makes lots and lots of biscuits
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups wholemeal plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar (the original recipe uses icing sugar)
  • 1/4 cup cold milk
  • dark chocolate (optional)

Preheat your oven to 180°C.

Measure the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. With a pastry blender, two knives, or your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour mixture. Toss in the sugar and enough milk to make a stiff dough.

Knead this mixture on a floured surface until smooth. (All this can be done almost instantly in a food processor.) Roll the dough out to a bit more than 3 mm thick and cut into any desired shape. Traditionally, digestive biscuits are round and about 6.35 cm in diameter. Place on greased cookie sheets, prick evenly with a fork, and bake until pale gold, between 15 and 20 minutes.

* For chocolate digestives, melt dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) in a double boiler or microwave and dip the bottom of the biscuit in the chocolate. Munch away when the chocolate is set...!