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biscuits recipe? [Digestives]

midtownDiner123 Oct 10, 2008 04:30 AM

i want to make a cookie that's got a digestive biscuit texture... any ideas?

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  1. alkapal RE: midtownDiner123 Oct 10, 2008 08:32 AM

    do you like mcvitie's digestive biscuits?: http://www.bigoven.com/160598-Close-t...

    this looks good, too: http://www.recipezaar.com/24744

    uncle phaedrus (whom i believe is a chowhound) has several recipes here: http://www.hungrybrowser.com/phaedrus...

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    1. re: alkapal
      midtownDiner123 RE: alkapal Oct 10, 2008 03:58 PM

      thx for the link. lots of interesting stuff to browse there!

      the cookie i'm looking for is called a butter biscuit. this company makes a bunch:

      1. re: midtownDiner123
        Emme RE: midtownDiner123 Oct 10, 2008 08:21 PM

        mcvities are good, but unfortunately they're nothing like Lu's. the recipes on phaedrus' site might not be what you're seeking either, at least the ones that have oatmeal will not be right. not sure about the other two that don't have oatmeal. you're not really looking for a digestive biscuit. Lu's are not a biscuit, but closer to a sweetened cracker. doubt you need much if any leavening.

        these aren't quite it, but they might be a start. Lu's are definitely butter heavy.


        1 c Butter
        4 c Whole wheat flour
        1 c Dark brown sugar
        1 ts Baking soda
        1 ts Cream of tartar
        1 Egg, lightly beaten
        1/2 c hot water

        Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

        Cut butter into flour until mixture resembles coarse meal.

        Add sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar, egg, and enough water to make dough into pastry-type consistency.

        Roll dough out on a floured surface until very thin

        Cut into whatever sizes and shapes you prefer.

        Bake on ungreased cookie sheets about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

        Cool crackers on wire rack.

        1. re: Emme
          paulj RE: Emme Oct 10, 2008 08:34 PM

          In British use, biscuit is what Americans call a cookie.

          Lu makes a number of different cookies, though I suspect you have their Marie Lu in mind. That style is made in a number of countries, for example Gamesa brand from Mexico, and various Asian versions. I'm not sure how a digestive differs from a Marie.

          The ultimate resource for British biscuits is the Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down site:
          Check their biscuit review archive.

          Here's their 2002 review of McVities digestive
          I'm more of a Hobnob fan

          Their Marie review:

          1. re: paulj
            Emme RE: paulj Oct 10, 2008 09:09 PM

            im british, so im quite aware that english biscuit = american cookie, but Lu's are not a digestive biscuit. they're not like mcvities or like hobnobs, though both are fond memories of *my* childhood.

            personally, i'd just continue to purchase the Lu's... i've never seen a homemade recipe that approximates the texture of these storebought biscuits.

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      midtownDiner123 RE: midtownDiner123 Oct 11, 2008 01:53 AM

      emme is right about the sweet cracker i'm looking for- it's not gritty like a mcvities. too bad i can't replicate that buttery texture and sweet puff those crackers get. thanks for the help!

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      1. re: midtownDiner123
        alkapal RE: midtownDiner123 Oct 12, 2008 09:52 AM

        is it the "le petit beurre" from lu? http://www.lubiscuitsna.com/varieties...

        1. re: alkapal
          paulj RE: alkapal Oct 12, 2008 10:17 AM

          Looks like 'le petit burre' is the original LU cookie, and the base for all their 'little school boy' chocolate topped ones. LU also lists a digestive. Curiously this web site does not list the Marie.

          Here's a review of different brands of Marias, along with a bit of history (which notes it is almost the national cookie of Spain).

          wiki on the digestive
          attributing it to McVitie aroung 1800. The way that article describes it, the digestive is more like the American graham cracker, with more of a whole wheat, semisweet character than a tea biscuit or Maria. But that doesn't sound like the buttery texture and 'sweet puff' that midtownDiner123 wants.

          By the way, the name 'digestive' apparently comes from the used of baking soda, commonly viewed as a digestive aid.

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        midtownDiner123 RE: midtownDiner123 Oct 13, 2008 03:36 AM

        yes! le petit burre' is what i'm after.

        thx for the interesting links paul!

        1. alkapal RE: midtownDiner123 Oct 13, 2008 04:53 AM

          midtown, try this french butter cookie recipe that fellow hound sarah galvin linked over on my current "COOKIE-palooza" thread:


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            mightymax RE: midtownDiner123 Feb 18, 2009 03:34 PM

            I just made up a batch of biscuits that were similar to LU cookies. You can see my break down for it here http://experimentalcookie.com/2009/02...

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            1. re: mightymax
              alkapal RE: mightymax Feb 26, 2009 06:16 PM

              mightymax, you did a beautiful job! those *are* neat cookie cutters.

              i want your mudslide cookies...warm with milk.

              or cold...for breakfast.

              or at midnight, watching law & order....


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