Trust me, you are going to love every bite of it!
As their name suggests, digestives were originally developed by two UK doctors to aid digestion.Ideally these cookies are called digestives because they use sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, which is reportedly known for its antacid effect.
Additionally, these sweet meal biscuits use whole wheat flour with bran. The secret to getting crispy, crunchy digestives lies in the cold butter and malt extracts or a semi liquid like honey. These extracts are added to the cookies to extract some of the starch from the flours. Starch requires a good amount of time for digestion.
In a typical digestive biscuit, you will find coarse brown wheat flour, wholemeal, vegetable oil, malt extract, raising agents, and salt. These days, some brands are also trying to expand their reach to health freaks have started including oatmeal, milk powder or cultured skimmed milk, and dried whey. This is what I love in the digestives - so I have attempted making homemade whole wheat cookies with oatmeal.
|digestive biscuit bread crumb type dough|
I have been looking for that perfect digestive biscuit recipe for a long time and have tried my hands at various varieties. But then extensive Internet research gave me some rough idea to bake the best digestive cookies. Jayshree's blog The Baking Sutra was my inspiration here.
Here I am with my groundbreaking recipe - yes, because I find its taste similar to that of Mcvities! Voila! Okay enough of self praise. Let's check the recipe first:
Healthy Cookies Ingredients
1/2 cup-whole wheat flour (atta)
1/2 tsp- baking soda
1/2 tsp- baking powder
4 tbsp- ghee (cold clarified butter)
3-4 tbsp- Honey (we are using honey as a substitute for sugar and kneading dough)
Green cardamom+black cardamom+fennel powder+cinnamon (you may use any of these, I have used a pinch of all)
Pinch of salt
1 tsp- milk (if required for the dough - my dough looked little dry, so I added)
Oatmeal Digestives Procedure
- Sieve baking powder, b.soda, whole wheat flour, and oatmeal three times so that everythig mixes well. Mix elaichi, dalchini, and saunf powder.
- Next take cold butter or desi ghee. I usually keep some amount of ghee in the fridge for cookies.
- Either grate the butter or cut it into small pieces and start rubbing into the flour.
- The mixture will appear like bread crumbs.
- Next, add honey. Mix everything well. Do not knead; just gather the ingredients.
- Add milk if the dough looks dry.
- Wrap the dough in a cling film/butter paper/aluminum foil and refrigerate for 30 minutes. The longer you refrigerate, the crunchier the cookies will be! But do not keep it beyond one to two days. I kept it overnight.
- Preheat oven for 10 mts at 180 degrees. I baked in mw convection.
- Take out the dough and cut it into shapes. I used the lid of a plastic box to cut into big round shapes and a small bangle for the smaller pieces.
- Keep the cookies at a distance from each other.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes. It took me 12 minutes to bake these. May vary according to temperature settings in your oven.
- Let them sit inside the oven for another 5 minutes after baking.
- Take them out on a cooling rack. Let them cool down.
- Meanwhile, you can prepare ginger tea and dunk these golden beauties for an absolutely delicious evening tea experience. These are certain to be your go-to digestive cookies. I am loving them.
Feedback on Mcvities digestives :
Wanna try crispy, crunchy besan crackers? Try them once and you would be tempted to bake a fresh batch every time.
|besan crackers/diet cookies|
Got inspired by thebakingsutra and tried with little modifications.