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Traditional English Recipe - Digestive Biscuits

A traditional biscuit (these are not for the dog!) (A biscuit is what an American would call a cookie.)


4oz medium oatmeal
1 ½ oz castor sugar
4 oz wholemeal flour
3 oz butter
pinch of salt
small pinch of bicarbonate of soda
½ an egg, beaten


  1. Rub the butter into the flour.
  2. Add the sugar, salt and soda.
  3. Bind with the beaten egg.
  4. Sprinkle a pastry board with oameal and roll out the dough.
  5. Sprinkle the rolled out dough with more oatmeal and roll in the oatmeal.
  6. Cut the dough into round or oval shapes.
  7. Bake on a tin in a fairly hot oven till golden brown.


To bake: To cook in an oven.

Beaten: Ingredients or an ingredient that has been agitated vigorously using a spoon, whisk, electric mixer or fork

To bind: To add a liquid ingredient to a dry mixture to hold it together.

To roll out : To reduce the thickness of pastry or dough by applying equal pressure with a rolling pin.

To rub in: A method of incorporating fat into flour by rubbing the fat with the fingertips until it combines with the flour to form a mixture with a breadcrumb-like consistency.

To sprinkle: To scatter a powdered ingredient or tiny droplets of a liquid, eg sprinkle the caster sugar over the fruit or sprinkle the brandy over the fruit cake.

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