|Fresh from the oven!|
It's a plus that I already have "met" many of the members of the group over the years in other baking groups! We have all helped each other. What a wonderful feeling of support. My baking skills have definitely grown over the years with their help.
I am also excited to be baking some of the King Arthur Flour recipes. Their flour is great, and I love the friendly baking help I get from their bakers' hotline.
But "digestive biscuits?" What are they? "Biscuit" is the English name for American "cookies." Actually, as this video states, they were invented to help reduce flatulence!!!
Armed with this information, I set up all my ingredients --mise en place (my mice are all in place, LOL). This helps avoid running all over the kitchen while I assemble the ingredients.
|Ready to bake. I won't have to run all over the kitchen now|
- White Whole Wheat flour, because that's what I had on hand
- Mostly margarine, to use it up, part butter.
I used a round cutter that was easy to reach on the shelf. Here's why I didn't go into my cupboard that holds my cookie/quick bread baking supplies for other shaped cutters:
|Is there ever enough room in a kitchen?|
Note, this does not include the large tart and mini tart pans I bought after our group member, Karen Kerr, posted the cheddar mini tarts she made for this group. They are in the pie materials cabinet. And it doesn't include the double cabinet for my bread supplies.
Back to the recipe--
Making this dough is very much like pie dough. You crumble in the butter/margarine until it's the size of small peas. The dough is kneaded, then rolled out thinly. The biscuits are cut and placed on a cookie sheet. Holes are pricked in them so they stay flat. They were baked at 350 degrees for 16 minutes.
We think they are yummy!!!
|The dough looks crumbly until the dough is kneaded for a minute|
|Rolling the dough until it's 1/8th inch thick|
|Using parchment paper so my pans don't get greasy!|
|Enjoying some biscuits with tea and my date spread|
Some of the group members have heard about my yummy date spread. It's very versatile--you can spread it on toast, form it into balls to serve with cheese, or even cover those shaped balls with chocolate! It's a recipe I modified by a gourmet cook, Judy Zeidler.:
- 8 ounces ( 1 Cup) pitted dates, chopped
- 1.5 ounces (1/4 Cup) raisins, chopped
- 1/4 cup very sweet wine
- 2 ounces walnuts, ground (1/8 cup)
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger (you can vary this amount)
Place dates and raisins in a bowl. Mix in the wine, then walnuts and ginger. Cover with plastic wrap and chill.
Since this is a "digestive biscuit," a way for Victorian English to get more fiber in their diets, I thought I'd run this recipe through my recipe software. I made 28 biscuits from this recipe. The nutritional data is:
Per Serving: 102 Cal (58% from Fat, 5% from Protein, 37% from Carb); 1 g Protein; 7 g Tot Fat; 4 g Sat Fat; 2 g Mono Fat; 10 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 3 g Sugar; 17 mg Calcium; 0 mg Iron; 20 mg Sodium; 18 mg Cholesterol
That's 3 Point Plus on Weight Watchers. That's pretty high for a snack, in my opinion.
Of course, many things are better with chocolate:
|Biscuits and date balls with ganache|
I had some ganache left over from a chocolate torte. I asked the woman on the King Arthur Baker's Hotline if ganache would work for covering the biscuits and date balls. She said that it wouldn't get hard enough; I should try just melted chocolate. My husband's reply was, "Who cares, it's chocolate!!!"
Of course, the nutritional information of the chocolate covered treats would differ from that stated above. :)
If you want more information about this recipe, check out:http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/king-arthurs-english-digestive-biscuits-recipe