Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Question: What are the Best Biscuits to Have with Tea?


What are the best biscuits to have with tea?  Something bland?  Something sweet? Or perhaps something more?


So Very Bland






Quite Sweet







A Bit More Hearty






53 comments:

  1. I make my own Digestives from scratch based upon an antique British recipe. They are my favorite, but I also like scones made at home, too. The challenge with the latter is that the clotted cream and jam piles on the calories!

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    1. Averyl: Unfortunately I'm unable to eat McVitie's digestive biscuits because of the gluten content. Would you be willing to share your antique British recipe? Whether your response is negative or positive, I thank you either way.

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    2. Millicent, thank you for asking. I regret that my digestives recipe is one of the few I keep as a secret because it took me many attempts to adapt it to make it gluten-free. However I am known to make them for British friends and they get rave reviews! I know that doesn't help you, but if you are ever in the Portland, Maine area and visit Hamilton Marine in Portland (where my fiance works), send me an email through my blog and I'll bring you some there! There are other gluten-free people working there and I make them treats from time to time.

      I do have a vintage British scone recipe on my blog that I adapted to make it gluten-free. I linked my name on this comment to the post. :)

      Cheers!

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  2. Homemade chocolate chip cookies!

    -EM

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  3. I say sweet!! (But not with fruity herbal teas. Too much of a good thing.)

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  4. While living in Galway, I became a quick convert to McVitie's digestives with Barry's Tea.

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  5. Ginger biscuits. It’s what I have her in New Englans, and what I was served in Europe. Goes perfectly with my black teas.

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  6. Homemade simple scones with homemade lemon curd.

    slf

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  7. I'm a fan of Walker's shortbread biscuits. Almost every night I'll have one with some decaf Earl Grey. Perfect topper after a long day.

    The Concord Diaspora

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  8. I like Jammie Dodgers. They are simple and tasty with tea. Hard to find in near-fresh condition, though.

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  9. Venetian Baicoli. Wiki says: Baicoli gain their name because their shape resemble that of sea bass, which in local dialect is called baicoli.
    These biscuits were created as a ship's biscuit, for long sea voyages by Venetian ships

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  10. Fortnum and Mason has wonderful hampers, but if you want locally sourced, you can create your own hamper courtesy of Queen Elizabeth at the Windsor Farm Shop. All fresh from the Royal Estates and The Great Park. Was wondering if the British participants here would be willing to share their most successful scone recipe? The scones I buy here in town are like rocks. @slf, if you have had success with the lemon curd would you mind passing it along as well. I have tried several brands and they don't hold up to what I've had in England.

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    1. Lemon Curd

      4 lemons
      4 large eggs
      1 1/2 cups sugar
      1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces

      Grate lemon rind into a stainless steel pot. Cut the lemons and strain the juice into the pot, then add the eggs, sugar, and butter. On the stove, whisk the mixture continuously over medium heat. The butter will break up and melt, and the mixture will begin to smooth and thicken. The mixture must boil in order to complete the thickening, but do not be tempted to turn up the heat to speed the process - this would result in scrambling the eggs. Once mixture begins to bubble, continue whisking for about 1 or 2 minutes longer, until it coats the back of a spoon. Strain lemon curd through a sieve into a clean container Let cool, cover and store in refrigerator. Lemon curd will keep for weeks in the refrigerator, and can be frozen up to 6 months. Makes 16 oz.

      You will find that once you have tried this homemade lemon curd, you will never go back to buying commercial lemon curd again. Enjoy!

      slf

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    2. That was kind of you to do. Many thanks!

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    3. Here in Australia, Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen had her famous scone recipe. Its a national institution!


      http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/9277354-3x2-700x467.jpg

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    4. We are snowed in today, so just circling back to say I made the lemon curd this afternoon. Great stuff! Made scones from a package found in the British section of Stop and Shop no less. Topped scones as well with fresh mango jam from the Phillipines. Didn't have clotted cream, so whipped up especially thick fresh whipping cream. My Darville's tea arrived from the Windsor Farm Shop in the mail a few days ago. Pulled out my British great aunt Dorothy's favorite tea pot and made a go of it. Kids loved it. Only thing is Aunt Dorothy is turning in her grave because I used tea bags. She was a stickler insisting on using loose tea.

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  11. Speculoos with black tea. I never put anything in my tea so I justify a sweet cookie.

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  12. Madeline cookies are currently my choice. Scones are also very nice.
    Susan

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  14. As soon as I saw your biscuit and tea question, I immediately went to the kitchen and made homemade ginger biscuits. Ate them fresh out of the oven w/ a cup of Harney & Sons, decaf Orange Pekoe tea. In this case, it's interesting how quickly I surrendered to innocuous subliminal messaging.

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  15. Walker's Shortbread....or homemade pecan Sandie's

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  16. No biscuits. Fresh bakes scones. A local bakery sells them pre-shaped and frozen, ready to bake. Bake one or two at a time as we want them. 20 minutes. Lapsang and apricot scones at 4:00.

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  17. McVities Milk Chocolate Digestives. Sublime with a cuppa.

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  18. Carr's ginger lemon cremes and Pierre French butter cookies

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  19. Anonymous 4:40 p.m., that is a perfect combination. And it’s lovely to see my wedding china (Wedgewood Runnymede Dark Blue) in a couple of pictures.

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  20. Love Pepperidge Farm brownie cookies but I like them with a CUP OF COFFEE, no sugar and a little organic milk -- yum!

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    1. YES! Speculoos goes great with a cup of joe. It's what everyone here in Belgium does.

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  21. Carr's ginger lemon cremes or plain shortbread.

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  22. For tea I always reach for Walkers Shortbread fingers. As for my coffee, it is drowning in cream and accompanied with Bahlsen Choco Leibniz or LU Petit Ecolier. This is my ideal of a treat.

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  23. McVitie's Milk Chocolate Digestives with tea. Homemade cake with coffee, literally any kind of cake!

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  24. We love our biscuits and I like to give them all equal opportunity. Yet if I have to be specific on what to have with tea it has to be a good custard cream or bourbon.

    Ooooh don't forget a Garibaldi or Fig Roll.

    And strictly NO dunking. Yuck.

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  25. Crunchycon, we also have Wedgewood Runneymede dark blue and use it at least 3 or 4 times a week. I even painted the inside of a kitchen corner cupboard the same colour of light purple in the flowers and it shows off the china beautifully

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  26. As a treat, the famous Tunnock's tea cakes that are made just outside Glasgow - http://www.tunnock.co.uk/products/teacakes/. They were featured in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. I recommend the dark chocolate ones.

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  27. Any cookie, biscuit, or scone, and any kind of tea, would be just wonderful in any of the lovely dishes shown in these photos.

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  28. Personally, I like a homemade scone, but otherwise I like Walkers shortbread biscuits with Bigelow Prince of Wales tea at around 2:00 in the afternoon. Clotted cream is always a treat!

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  29. McVitie's Milk Chocolate Digestives, definitely. Or a cream cracker with a spread of cream cheese and chutney.

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  30. McVitie's Milk Chocolate, Absolutely!!! I have missed them so!

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  31. We eat almost home made exclusively, except for mcvitty's digestive or schoolboy 45% chocolate. Standby teas are yorkshire gold and typhoo decaf. One notch lower, barry's gold blend.

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  32. Friends visiting from the Netherlands know to bring stroopwafels. I love them with tea or coffee.

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  33. McVitie's, absolutely. Plain preferred or milk chocolate with Irish or Scottish or English afternoon tea. We are tea drinkers several times a day and the tea biscuit is ever present. PA

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  34. Nice biscuits (back in my cookie-eating days) were a perennial favorite. And something I thought was called a Rich Tea biscuit, but wasn't made by McVitie's but was a less sugary version of the Nice biscuit--and also rectangular. Then there are another favorite--German Springerles--probably better with coffee or port or sweet sherry.

    Does anyone know where in New England one might find real Devonshire clotted cream...the must have ingredient of any English tea?

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    1. I saw clotted cream on Amazon believe it or not. I have no idea if it's any good or even what it is. But it's on there, along with everything else!

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    2. I get mine at Whole Foods in Portland.

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  35. I never really liked tea until I tried Barry's. A cup of Barry's and a few Tate's chocolate chip cookies (...they very thin).

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  36. What is the name of the blue and white china pattern? It is beautiful.

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  37. I got some Belgian Butter Almond Thins from Trader Joe's last week (featured in the Feb. Fearless Flyer) that were great. They look like the Jules Destrooper brand in the picture. Anything sweet and buttery like shortbread is great. In fact, any kind of cookie is wonderful with a cup of tea. Wish I could have some now, but am trying to abstain for Lent. The cookies that is; I'm having a cup of Lady Grey tea. By the way, what's a digestive biscuit? I've heard the expression but not sure I know what they are. The name is not very appetizing! LOL!

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  38. Unfortunately I have Celiac Disease, meaning I'm unable to eat McVitie's digestive biscuits. Therefore searched the internet far and wide for authentic recipes. Made my first batch today. Because I'm not able to compare my homemade biscuits to the popular McVitie's brand, uncertain how mine match-up. All I know is that what I created is yummy w/ tea.

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  39. Duchy's with stem ginger.

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