Digestive Biscuits

whole wheat biscuits with poached peaches
Photo: Ryan Liebe
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins
Yield:
2 dozen

Our take on the British classic calls for a touch of brown sugar and a combination of whole-wheat and all-purpose flour, creating lightly sweet cookies with the perfect crunchy-tender texture. They make a wonderful addition to our Fruit Platter with Whipped Ricotta.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour

  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup packed light-brown sugar

  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 4 to 5 tablespoons whole milk

  • 1 large egg white

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pulse flours, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar in a food processor to combine. Pulse in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1/4Â cup milk; process until a dough forms. (If too dry, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it holds together when squeezed.) Wrap dough in plastic; flatten into a disk. Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day.

  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Pulse flours, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar in a food processor to combine. Pulse in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1/4 cup milk; process until a dough forms. (If too dry, add more milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it holds together when squeezed.) Wrap dough in plastic; flatten into a disk. Refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day.

  3. Remove dough from refrigerator; let stand at room temperature until malleable but still firm, about 10 minutes. Roll out to a 9-by-10-inch rectangle (about 1/8 inch thick). Using a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter, stamp out rounds. With the back of a knife, score tops in a crosshatch pattern. Whisk egg white with 1/2 teaspoon water; brush top of each biscuit with egg wash. Place biscuits 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets; bake until firm and dry in centers and slightly darkened, 24 to 26 minutes. Let cool completely.

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