Digestive Biscuits are so very common nowadays. The name itself has a magnetic effect and you just can’t control yourself from picking up at least one.
These are easily available everywhere. Then why go for Homemade Digestive Biscuits? Okay, we will discuss that but before that , do you have any idea as to why these are called Digestive Biscuits?
What Are Digestive Biscuits?
First of all, a digestive biscuit is a mildly sweet biscuit and is perfect to munch with tea. Have it along with your morning tea (or evening tea). These biscuits were first made by 2 Scottish Doctors to aid digestion. This is because they believed that baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) present in these cookies would help in digestion as sodium bicarbonate is an antacid. Read more here.
So, this is for the simple reason that these are really easy to make and that too with a handful of easily available ingredients.
Another plus point of homemade digestive biscuits is that you know very well what exactly you are using and can adjust the quantity of certain ingredients (of course not all).
Ingredients In My Digestive Biscuits
The ingredients used in these digestive biscuits are fairly simple. These include wheat flour, oatmeal, baking powder, brown sugar, oil and some seeds like sesame seeds and poppy seeds. I have also added a little bit of oil along with butter. I have seen that butter and oil, when used in combination, results great.
No doubt, the result was good.
However, I made these in winters ( first time), so these seeds suited well but in summers you can avoid these or reduce the quantity.
These Digestive Biscuits have the perfect crunch. I wish I could make you hear that crunch. The taste was also too good. Hubby liked it a lot.
He also gave the compliment that those were better than store-bought ones.
Health Benefits Of Digestive Biscuits
These are extremely healthy as you can see in the ingredients. At the same time, taste is also not at all compromised.
- Instant Energy: As they have carbohydrates (wheat flour) they provide instant energy. So, whenever you are feeling low, just gobble a digestive biscuit and see the difference.
- Lose Weight: Really? This is because it has dietary fibres which keeps you full for a longer period of time and thereby stops you eating frequently.
- Relieves morning sickness: Again, dietary fibres present in these biscuits improves your digestion and thereby gives relief in morning sickness. So, have these along with your morning tea. Read more here
How To Make Digestive Biscuits
I baked these Digestive Crackers in microwave convection. You can make these on the gas stove and in air fryer too.
To see the method of baking on gas stove see here.
So, let’s make our dear ones happy by baking these digestive biscuits.
- 3/4 Cup Wheat flour
- 3/4 Cup Oatmeal
- 1/2 Cup Brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 Tbsp Sesame seeds (Optional)
- 1 Tbsp Poppy seeds (Optional)
- 45 gms Butter (See Note 1 )
- 1 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 1-2 Tbsp Milk (See Note 2 )
- Sift wheat flour, oatmeal and baking powder.
- Add brown sugar, sesame seeds and poppy seeds.
- Mix all the dry ingredients well.
- Rub in cold butter and oil so they resemble crumbs.
- Do the fist test, that is when held between your fist should leave a fist impression when left.
- Now make a dough of it using milk very miserly, 1 tsp at a time.
- Just gather it into a ball and don’t knead it too much.
- Once it is gathered, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 15-20 min. ( see Note 3 )
- Take out the dough, it will be very tight by now as butter solidifies. Just toss it between your hands and it will be fine.
- Keep the dough between plastic sheets, roll it and cut roundels using a cookie cutter or a katori ( steel bowl ). ( See Note 4 )
- Keep these roundels on parchment paper and again refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees for 10 min. (See Note 5)
- Bake for 15-18 min.
- Keep on a wire rack till cools down.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Serve with love, tea/coffee optional.
- I used normal Amul butter which is salted. If using any unsalted butter then add a pinch of salt to the dry mix.
- The quantity of milk may vary depending on the quality and thickness of flours.
- Keeping the dough in refrigerator gives it resting time and makes it easily workable.
- Don’t use dry flour while rolling. If you roll placing in between plastic sheets, there wouldn’t be any problem.
- You can make these on the gas stove or air fryer also. Preheat Airfryer at 180 degrees for 5 minutes then reduce the temperature to 160 degrees and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Time of baking may vary from oven to oven. It also depends on the size and thickness of your biscuits.
- You can use jaggery powder in place of brown sugar.
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