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    English Digestive Biscuits

    English Digestive Biscuits. Photo by Lalaloula

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    35 mins

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    English Digestive Biscuits

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    1. 1
      Place dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
    2. 2
      Cut or rub in the butter with a pastry blender, two knives or your fingertips.
    3. 3
      Add the sugar and enough milk to make a stiff dough.
    4. 4
      Knead this mixture on a flour surface until smooth. All this can be done almost instantly in a food processor.
    5. 5
      If you have time, return the dough to your bowl, cover and chill for an hour. This resting time will make the biscuits more tender and crisp.
    6. 6
      After the dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
    7. 7
      Roll out the dough until it is a bit more than 1/8 inch thick, and cut into any desired shape. Traditional digestives are about 2 1/2 inches round.
    8. 8
      Place on greased cookie sheets, prick evenly with a fork and bake until pale gold, about 15 to 20 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 18, 2002


      These are excellent ...wonderful to eat with a cup of tea. To give them a professional appearance, press the coarse side of a grater on the dough instead of pricking with a fork. I have a cylindrical meat tenderizer with sharp points that does very well too. As a gadget it is useless for meat but does make shortbread or cookies like these look very nice.

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    • on February 24, 2002


      This was very similar in taste to the digestive biscuits I ate as a girl in Ireland. After they cooled I added melted milk chocolate on the tops.With chocolate ,they are called "chocolate goldgrain.

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    • on October 06, 2009


      I luv, luv, luv digestives, but where I live you cant get them in the stores. :( Thats why I was thrilled to find and try this recipe. I must say the end result really tastes like the real deal eventhough the texture is not entirely right. Its too solid somehow. Nevertheless I really enjoyed these and will be making them again. Following PrimQuilter's suggestion, I too shaped the dough into a log and cut slices from it after cooling it in the fridge. That way the dough was very easy to work with. THANKS SO MUCH for sharing this lovely recipe with us, Amanda! Made and reviewed while virtually visiting Great Britain in Octobre 09.

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    Nutritional Facts for English Digestive Biscuits

    Serving Size: 1 (7 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 36

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 39.8
    Calories from Fat 23
    Total Fat 2.6 g
    Saturated Fat 1.6 g
    Cholesterol 7.0 mg
    Sodium 29.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 2.4 g
    Protein 0.2 g

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    stone ground whole wheat flour

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