English Digestive Biscuits


This English Digestive Biscuits recipe was shared with us by friend of Go Dairy Free, Betty-Baker.

These English Digestive Biscuits have the classic hearty taste and the perfect snappy, crisp texture. Enjoy with an afternoon cuppa!

Special Diet Notes: English Digestive Biscuits

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, vegan, vegetarian, and optionally nut-free.

English Digestive Biscuits
  • ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups stone ground whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ¼ cup dairy-free milk beverage, cold
  1. Place dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Cut or rub in the butter with a pastry blender, two knives or your fingertips.
  3. Add the sugar and enough milk to make a stiff dough.
  4. Knead this mixture on a flour surface until smooth. All this can be done almost instantly in a food processor.
  5. If you have time, return the dough to your bowl, cover and chill for an hour. This resting time will make the biscuits more tender and crisp.
  6. After the dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Roll out the dough until it is a bit more than ⅛ inch thick, and cut into any desired shape. Traditional digestives are about 2½ inches round.
  8. Place on greased cookie sheets, prick evenly with a fork and bake until pale gold, about 15 to 20 minutes.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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