Digestives: Holiday Baking from England

This recipe comes courtesy of Sherri Eckworth in England, who wrote that she makes Davina’s digestives if she feels the need for a sweet treat – but that they’re so substantial, one may be plenty. Sherri also says that this recipe also makes a great cheesecake base for her favourite lime and ginger cheesecake.


To make about 24 biscuits, you will need …

  • 200g wholemeal flour (plus extra for dusting/rolling)
  • 200g oats
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 200g of unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 150g of maple syrup

The method is really simple. Blits the flour, oats, baking powder and salt in a food processor.

Add the butter and pulse until it’s like breadcrumbs. If it starts sticking together, it doesn’t matter. Tip the mix into a bowl and add the maple syrup. Gently work it in unti you get a soft dough.

Wrap in cling film and pop in the fridge to chill for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees/170 degrees fan/gas 5. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and flour the work surface. Split the dough in half and pop half back in the fridge.

Roll out the remaining dough and use cutters to cut out your biscuits – I’ve done round ones, heart shapes on Valentine’s day and little men to make an army! Pop them on the baking sheet and back for about 15-20 mins unti brown.

Depending on the size you’ve cut, you’ll have to keep a close eye on them. Pop on a wire rack to cool. I then repeat with the second half of the dough as I prefer to cook one lot at a time. There’s a link to the method with pictures on my website x


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