Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Looking through some old recipe books which Sheila from Eckington kindly sent me, I found a recipe for the famous Abernethy biscuits. They were named after Dr John Abernethy, an 18th century Scottish doctor who baked biscuits with caraway seeds. These were thought to be good for digestion. They are really an early 'digestive' biscuit and are still popular today in Scotland. I’ve suggested an oven temperature to the original recipe.
8ozs/225g plain flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 egg (beaten)
1 tbsp milk
Pre heat the oven to 375F/190C/Mark 5 Sift the flour and baking powder into a basin. Rub in the butter. Add the sugar and caraway seeds and moisten with the beaten egg and milk until the mixture forms a stiff dough. Turn onto a floured board and roll out thinly. Cut into rounds. Place on a greased baking tray and prick each one with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes in the oven.
Meryl says : Whether they fix your digestion or not, these biscuits are very tasty. They'll keep for a week in an airtight tin – that’s unless they are snapped up with a morning coffee or afternoon tea treat! What do you think?