Digestives

If you are a porridge eater then these are perfect for you as you get to make use of your oats. If you're not, then buy some oats to make these and then give porridge a go. It's perfect for cold mornings. Speaking of the cold. What's better than having a cuppa or several and a pile of biscuits? Well, perhaps my teacakes and wagon wheels which you can make using these digestives!


If you want to make a larger quantity of smaller biscuits, use a 5cm circular biscuit cutter. These should only need to be baked for 10 minutes and you should be able to at least double the number of biscuits you make.

Makes 12

Hands-on Time 10 minutes

Baking Time 15 minutes


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Ingredients

100g Rolled oats

175g Wholemeal flour (plus extra for dusting)

1/4 tsp Fine salt

1 tsp Baking powder

70g Soft dark brown sugar

140g Unsalted butter (cold, diced)

50ml Milk

100g Chocolate (optional - I would recommend minimum 70% solids)


Equipment

Baking sheet

Baking parchment

Food processor

Rolling pin

Circular biscuit cutter (8cm diameter)

Wire rack

Microwavable bowl (optional)

Microwave (optional)

Spatula (optional)


Preheat the oven to 170°C/150°C(Fan)/325°F/Gas mark 3.


Line a baking sheet with parchment.


Add the rolled oats to a food processor bowl and blitz for 30 seconds.

Add 175 grams of flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar and blitz again for a couple of seconds.


Add the butter and blitz until there are no visible lumps of butter.

Finally add the milk and blitz one last time, you should now have a workable dough.

Tip the dough out onto a surface, add a little flour underneath and on top of it and flatten with your hands. Grab a rolling pin and roll out until 5mm thick. You may need to add a little more flour to stop it sticking


Use a circular cutter to cut out the biscuits. Bring any leftover pieces of dough together, rollout and cut out the remaining biscuits.

Place the biscuits onto the lined baking sheet, spacing them apart. They won’t spread when baking so a couple of centimetres distance will do.

Pop the baking sheet into the oven on a middle shelf for 15 minutes.


Remove from the oven, leave the biscuits to rest until they are cool enough to handle and transfer onto a wire rack to fully cool down.

If you want to make chocolate digestives break your chocolate up into a microwavable bowl and pop into a microwave for 30 second bursts. Between rests give the chocolate a stir with a spatula until melted.


Once the chocolate has melted leave it to sit for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, before coating your biscuits.


I find it’s best to place the biscuits on a sheet of parchment and when the chocolate has stopped pooling/dripping over their sides carefully pick the biscuits up and transfer back to the wire rack to set. If you do your chocolate work with the biscuits still on the rack it’s likely the chocolate will get stuck between the grills (and it’s a bugger to clean).


Enjoy!


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