Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Chocolate Digestive Biscuits


Mmm, biscuits. I love biscuits. A chocolate digestive is one of my favourites, preferably eaten with a cup of tea. Or a glass of milk. Apparently the "digestive" description comes from the antacid properties in the bicarb of soda in the recipe. A tenuous link, really. I don't think they do anything particularly good for your digestive system. A lot of them will make your fat, that's for sure.


Chocolate digestives are a very typical, everyday type of British biscuit. Part of the British biscuit canon, if you will. Along with gingernuts, shortbread, rich tea, fig rolls. Garibaldi. What else? What have I forgotten?


The recipe is from Peyton and Byrne: British Baking, a book that is quickly becoming a favourite go-to book for baking recipes. It has a whole chapter devoted to the mighty biscuit including how to make your own Tunnock's Teacake (a biscuit base, topped with gooey marshmallow then covered in melted chocolate...*swoon*...).


They were easy to make and very easy to eat. I think after carefully taste testing the milk, dark and white chocolate toppings, I can conclude that the milk chocolate digestive is my favourite. What about you? Do you have a favourite biscuit or cookie to go with your mid-morning coffee or afternoon cup or tea? Please say it's not just me.

48 comments:

Vanessa said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS. I just happened to pop by and I see this post. Great pics. I'm making these tomorrow. And no, it most definitely isn't just you.

Jo said...

It would have to be dark chocolate for me, yum. You forgot bourbons and custard creams.

Thomasina Tittlemouse said...

These look absolutely yummy! Much nicer than bought Digestives, nice though the bought ones are! I love the way you've swirled the chocolate on the tops - very professional! E x

Col @ Hello Olive said...

Gillian, those look amazing! I just had to scroll up for another look. Right, I am off to raid the cupboard... x

Donna said...

Oh yes, I do like a milk chocolate digestive- perfect for dunking :) These look delicious. Tunnock's teacakes are compulsory here and I like a bourbon and Kit Kats. :)

Julia said...

Yes, I love to have a cookie or biscotti with my morning coffee... and these look especially chocolaty and yummy!

Caroline said...

Wow these look so yummy, the dark choc looks especially good. I do like a chocolate biscuit, the thicker the chocolate the better! xx

Tracey Chorley said...

Will definitely give these a try! My other favourite biscuits are hobnobs and although not technically a biscuit I am partial to a Jaffa cake or 3...!

mags said...

Milk chocolate for me please ..... so could the actual biscuit be described as a bit healthy (wishful thinking, though much healthier than the bought variety).

Jay said...

They look so yummy, I think the white chocolate for me please!

Lyn said...

oh you missed the 'nice' and malted milk' with the cow on it!
xxx

Charmaine said...

Oh wow, they look awesome! I think milk chocolate is always the best way to go when dipping into tea :-) x

Gillian said...

Hello, nice to meet you! I'm glad I am not alone with my biscuit needs!

Gillian said...

How could I forget bourbons and custard creams??? I love custard creams. I wish I liked dark chocolate more as it is the grown up choice of someone with a sophisticated palate, but the child in me wants milk chocolate.

Gillian said...

Thank you. I did the swirling with my finger (I washed my hands!!) so it's not that professional at all really! x

Gillian said...

Oh thank you! And sorry for causing you to go on a biscuit scavenger hunt... x

Gillian said...

Hobnobs are good for dunking too, I forgot about those! And Kit Kats, mmm, especially when they have been kept in the fridge.

Gillian said...

I love biscotti, I sometimes make them as Christmas gifts for people as they keep really well.

Gillian said...

Yes, I am with you there. I wished I liked dark chocolate more, but I must have a sweet tooth!

Gillian said...

Jaffa cakes!!! Of course. I especially love these as they are (allegedly) low in fat so less guilt. When I was a child I used to nibble off all the chocolate then peel off the orange layer, then eat the spongey base...revolting, I know. I don't do it now!

Gillian said...

I think the biscuit part isn't too bad as it's mainly oats with a little butter, sugar and flour. So you could claim it's healthy. But I think it's the chocolate that makes it!

Gillian said...

The kids loved the white chocolate ones, they were very sweet! Actually, who am I kidding, I loved them too.

Gillian said...

How could I miss "nice", that after-church-coffee biscuit of my childhood? And we permanently have a jar of malted milks in the house for the kids so I don't know how I overlooked those!

Gillian said...

Milk chocolate and tea, it is a match made in heaven. Welcome back! x

JoJo said...

Yum is all I can say- I got the Peyton and Byrne book from the library and it was lush! Jxx

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Oh yum!!! You are so not good for my waistline!

Love that we both blogged about Tunnock's Teacakes :D

trishie said...

I love chocolate digestives! Never thought to make my own though...you have planted a seed in my baking brain.

MelduJour said...

I will DEFINITELY be making these!
Your photos make them look AMAZING!

yum

love those cupcakes said...

Oh, they look so good! We have that book so there's no excuse for not having a go. (The jammy dodgers recipe is excellent, btw.) I have a 'thing' for fig rolls and can easily eat a whole packet.

Emily said...

PLEASE stop doing posts like this or I will have to unfollow you... I've put on three lbs since easter and I blame you!!!!
Emily x

Emily said...

PS - I wasn't being serious about the unfollowing thing, btw. Sadly I was being serious about the four lbs thing....
X

...Tabiboo... said...

Oh my word - they look divine....I really need to stop drooling.

Nina x

Gillian said...

It's great isn't it? I have used it lots already, I good solid baking book!

Gillian said...

After I read your post I added Tunnock's Teacake to my online shopping order! Bad influence...

Gillian said...

Hi there, thanks for stopping by! I am currently obsessed with baking all the typical biscuits I ate as a child.

galant said...

Ginger nuts, or "Kinnocks" as we call them here! I will leave you to work that one out.
Margaret P

Gillian said...

Hi Mel, thank you! They tasted better than they looked too, very yum indeed.

Gillian said...

It's such a good book. I've made Tana Ramsay's jammy dodgers a few times and they are really good.

My three year old son has a mania for fig rolls, he adores them!

Gillian said...

I've put on 5lbs since Easter. Too much cake and crochet and not enough running. Bad!

Gillian said...

Oh good. :-) x

Gillian said...

I love the effect a simple chocolate digestive has on everyone! x

Gillian said...

Oh, that made me laugh! I wonder if the labour party serve them at party meetings?

Rachel said...

I can (and do) eat a whole packet of fig rolls in one sitting - love them and please let me know if you ever find a recipe for home made ones!!

Gillian said...

There is one in that Peyton and Byrne book!!! Haven't tried it yet though, may do this weekend if we get time (yeah right)... x

Andrea said...

Oh wow, just discovered your blog via little buckles and now sporting a massive digestive craving....racking my brain for what might be in our pantry....m'n'm's aren't quite the same.

Gillian said...

Hello, nice to meet you! M'n'm's aren't a bad alternative!

Gina ♥ said...

They look amazing, off to order that book! Have you seen the giant bourbons, custard creams and ginger nut biscuits in Costa? Yum!

Gillian said...

I have never come across the giant biscuits in Costa, but they sound brilliant! Hmm, like I needed a reason to visit Costa...