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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Digestive Biscuits

The Altitude Adjustment Section
It's not an exaggeration to say the food in London is poor. You can get great food in high-end dining establishments, but on a day-to-day level what the average family eats is not very tasty. Being that I was cooking in a restaurant till 3 in the morning most days, I seldom cooked for myself at home and decided instead to live on yogurt, cereal, cheese, cookies and chocolate. Needless to say, I left Britain with a major McVites biscuit habit and some cavities. So you could imagine how excited I was to come across this recipe for English-style digestive biscuits. This recipe makes 3 dozen cookies.

Ingredients
1/2 cup (1 stick) room temp unsalted butter
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup cold milk
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Procedure
In a medium bowl, cream the butter and the confectioners sugar till light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the milk and beat till smooth. Stir in the flour and baking powder. Gather the dough together into a ball and then flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Next day, line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut round cookies about 2 1/2 inch in diameter and place on prepared cookie sheet. Carefully prick them with a fork to stop them from rising up. Bake for 12-15 minutes till golden brown. Personally, I would dip them in chocolate, but that’s just me!