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Cookies are good for the soul. Remember when mumma or granny gave you a cookie to make you smile (or to shut you up)
Posted by: Anna | August 2, 2021
Cheese and crackers is one of those rare things that completely belies its simplicity. The moreish combination of crispy, salty and savoury is the stuff that food dreams are made of.
It can be snack, lunch, dessert, post-dessert or canape. Entire gatherings are orchestrated as an excuse to indulge in wine, cheese and crackers.
An early incarnation of the cracker was hardtack, the ship’s biscuit of swashbuckling tales of pirates at sea. A hard baked mix of flour and water, plus salt if you were lucky, hard tack was cheap to make and virtually impossible to destroy. It provided sustenance on long arduous journeys.
By the late 1800s bakers were making thinner lighter versions known as crackers and, alongside cheese, they became a staple menu item. Eventually, the bakers got creative with different flours, seeds, spices and the like.
But there was also flatbread. Around since man learned to grind grains. Also a flat dough made from flour, water, and salt it is made with or without yeast.
What is lavosh flatbread?
Lavosh flatbread, also spelled lavash, is a wafer thin bread from Armenia, Iran and surrounding countries. Traditionally baked on a clay oven, it is so ingrained in the culture of these communities that it has achieved UNESCO status. Soft and flexible when fresh, lavosh dries out quickly to become hard and brittle. It is stored as stacks of dried flatbreads which are crumbled into soup or rehydrated with a sprinkling of water.
Of course this thin dried bread makes the ideal cracker.
Lavosh crackers are crisp and delicate. The ideal vehicle for just about anything. Ideal for cheese platters or to serve with dips, they are both blank canvas and deep savoury flavour.
Our yeast-free flatbread crackers come in two varieties –
Toppings for savoury biscuits
Savoury biscuits are incredibly versatile. You can serve them with soup or crumble them into croutons. Although they are great served alongside dips such as hummus or baba ganoush, they also make excellent snacks or canapes.
Pile high with your favourite toppings. Here’s a few ideas to get you started.
- Mozzarella, tomato and pesto
- Salami, parmesan and olives
- Cream cheese, cucumber, fresh dill and black pepper
- Peanut butter and jelly
- Pate and apricot jam
- Guacamole and tomato salsa
- Cream cheese, smoked salmon and rocket
- Feta cheese, honey and oregano (our personal favourite)
And then of course, there’s cheese and biscuits…
Cheese and biscuits
A cheese platter, whether a mini version for a solo TV binge or a full on party ensemble, is one of the true joys of life.
Keep it simple with a slice of cheddar and an apple, or go all out with different cheeses, fruits, chutneys, and wine. Don’t forget the wine.
How to set up a cheese and cracker platter
It might seem simple enough, but a little attention to detail never hurt anyone. Aim for a balance of different shapes, colours and textures. You don’t to get too complicated.
Serve a variety of cheeses, at room temperature. Aim for 3 to 5 cheeses, and serve anywhere between 50 – 150g per person. Choose a mix of soft and hard cheeses, with a range of milk types (cow, goat, sheep).
You could for example pick –
- a blue cheese, such as Roquefort,
- one hard cheese, such as mature Cheddar, Parmesan or Manchego
- a white rind cheese, such as Brie or Camembert
- one Swiss type cheese, such as Gouda or Emmental
- a different cheese, that has an unusual colour or additions such as herbs, spices, or dried fruits.
Maybe add a little charcuterie in the form of Parma ham or salami.
Definitely add fruit to add colour, acidity and sweetness. Fruit also serves to cleanse the palate, what with all the salty, dry, crispy, savoury elements going on. Anything goes, although some things go better than others. Personally we wouldn’t really want strawberries with our smoked cheese or oranges with our Red Leicester. Stick to apple, pear, grapes, or ripe figs. Maybe a few blueberries.
How about some nuts? Raw, not salty. Hazelnuts, walnuts, and almonds are all good. Either in the shells with a nutcracker or just scattered about to graze upon lazily.
What else can you find at the deli? Olives, mi-cuit tomatoes, marinated artichokes, or cornichons perhaps? Pickled onions for the die hard traditionalists.
A few chutneys wouldn’t go amiss. Maybe just one.
Take a look at what you’ve got and see if you can balance the colours and make it pop. A sprig or rosemary or thyme; lavender even. Wedges of jewel red radicchio.
What more could you want.
Posted by: Anna | July 4, 2021
If there’s one thing that we love as much as we love biscuits, it has to be tea. Tea and biscuits is the embodiment of the term ‘life’s simple pleasures’.
We get so caught up in the treadmill of no-dairy, no-sugar, no-caffeine that we sometimes forget that just a mindful moment with a cuppa and bickie is all we need.
But where does our love of tea and biscuits come from? Other than the fact that they are…well, bloody nice.
Tea and biscuits…in so many words.
There are many traditions that basically boil down to the same thing. A cup of tea and a little something sweet.
The forerunner of them all was probably afternoon tea. Invented by the British upper classes in the early Victorian age, afternoon tea was a light meal designed to stave off hunger in the afternoon as dinner was traditionally served late in the evening. Also known as low tea, it was served on low tables away from the formality of the dining table. A casual, although refined affair, afternoon tea consists of dainty little things served with a pot of tea. Finger sandwiches, scones, and small cakes are all typical of afternoon tea.
At around the same period, as the Industrial Revolution gathered steam, the working classes were also partaking of tea. High tea was originally a meal taken when coming in from work. Eaten at the table (the only table aka the kitchen table) this was a more substantial meal yet also accompanied by a pot of tea. There would be pie, bread, maybe some cold meat. Perhaps a loaf cake, or some crumpets. Biscuits.
The upper classes thought this was all jolly good fun and so also had their own version of high tea, taken if one was going to the theatre or something and expected a very late supper.
The term high tea is now more likely to be interchangeable with afternoon tea, and taken to mean the classic afternoon tea of tea, sandwiches and scones; usually eaten out, as a treat.
The changes to the working pattern of the world led to changes in the way people eat. An early start meant an early breakfast, and so the concept of a mid morning snack was born. We already understood the restorative power of a cup of tea and a biscuit, and the once expensive tea and sugar were more readily available than ever.
To this day, tea and biscuits means a break. It might be a social affair; a catch up in a cafe with a friend. It may be a solitary pleasure; a moment of me time. Whatever it may be, savour it slowly, enjoy it and appreciate it as millions of workers before you have done. And if you are one of the rare folk who doesn’t like tea…
…well there’s always coffee.
Posted by: Anna | May 6, 2021
Are you on board with gluten-free biscuits? Whether you are a cafe, a mum, or a friendly neighbor, sometime, somewhere, it is always time for a cuppa. And who doesn’t like to indulge in a little something sweet.
The demand for gluten-free products is higher than ever, and still rising.
The internet is filled with ideas on how to make the best gluten-free biscuits or recipes for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies but not everybody wants to spend their free time baking. Maybe, you just want to sit in a quiet space with a cup of coffee and a gluten-free treat? Or be able to indulge over a chat with a friend. The more suppliers that get on board and offer gluten-free choices the better. Whether you are a cafe owner, a wholesaler, or a corner shop, offering alternatives can only be a good thing, right?
Gluten is a substance formed from the proteins in wheat. It gives wheat flour the remarkable properties that make it such a versatile ingredient.
Those with coeliac disease cannot tolerate gluten as even the smallest amount triggers an immune response that damages the intestine. With this comes many unpleasant and painful symptoms.
Gluten sensitivity can cause similar symptoms but is triggered by different antibodies. This sensitivity to gluten is often attributed to the changing DNA of modern wheat and its prevalence in the western diet. It cannot be denied that giving up gluten is also a major trend. Many people give up gluten and find that it simply helps them to make food choices that support their personal well being.
Whatever the reasons, the fact remains that more and more people are choosing gluten-free products, including sweet treats such as biscuits and cookies.
Are gluten-free cookies healthy?
Gluten-free cookies should be viewed like any other cookie. As an occasional sweet treat. Gluten-free does not automatically mean healthier, but it can mean more choice for everyone.
Do gluten-free cookies taste different?
We often expect free-from foods to be a replica of the original. But without the properties of gluten this can be difficult to achieve. Different flours behave in different ways and working with them is not always easy. It isn’t so much a question of lowering expectations but rather to keep an open mind. The texture of a gluten-free biscuit may not be exactly as you expect but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. That said, as demand rises, both artisan and commercial bakers are finding better ways to get the best from new ingredients. Sometimes you really cannot tell the difference. There are many people that prefer the gluten-free varieties.
Is xanthan gum gluten-free?
Xanthan gum is gluten-free. Used in baked goods to mimic some of the effects of gluten, it helps dough to hold onto water. Not all products containing xanthan gum will be gluten free, but you will find it in many gluten-free products.
Posted by: Anna | March 22, 2021
Chocolate biscuit cake, depending on who you ask, ranges from broken up biscuits in a sort of solid ganache (aka fridge cake) to putting biscuit crumb in actual cake batter.
Then there’s a sort of layer cake made from plain biscuits, maybe soaked in a little alcohol, and sandwiched with sweetened cream. As if that weren’t enough, there is the Australian classic – the chocolate ripple biscuit cake.
All of them have a lovely 1950s housewife feel to them. A time when food out of the packets was the new frontier and baking ingenuity knew no bounds.
How to make cake using biscuits
What they all have in common is biscuits. Yay. And chocolate. Unless you feel particularly inventive, in which case you could go beyond chocolate and try different types of biscuits and frostings. This will only really work with the ripple biscuit/layer cake style scenario. Fridge cake wouldn’t be fridge cake without chocolate. It wouldn’t stick together for a start. You could try white chocolate, that could be good.
And they involve no cooking, unless you count a bit of melting or whipping. If that is too much of a stretch for you, then you can just eat biscuits straight from the packet and be done with it…
Broken biscuit cake
Also known as biscuit fridge cake, or tiffin, this is that deliciously moreish wedge of chocolate crammed with bits of biscuit. It manages to be dense and toothsome, yet soft, all at the same time. sometimes it has other things inside too, such as cherries.
Basic recipe for chocolate fridge cake using condensed milk
1 can condensed milk
3/4 cup butter
1 cup chocolate chunks
1 pack plain biscuits
- Line a tin or any shallow container with greaseproof paper
- Break the biscuits into a large bowl
- In a small pan over a low heat, melt the butter, condensed milk, and chocolate together.
- Mix this into the biscuits.
- Press into the tin and chill in the fridge for several hours or until set.
Chocolate ripple biscuit cake
Chocolate ripple cake is the stuff of childhood fantasy. It centered originally around the particular texture (or maybe widespread availability) of the chocolate ripple biscuit. If you feel brave enough to break free of tradition then you could try a triple choc chip cookie. You could dispense with the chocolate altogether, and experiment with anzac biscuits or maybe a coffee cream? Just saying.
If you do feel the need to behave in such an outrageous manner there is only one rule. You have to keep it kitchy cool.
This biscuit cake is made by whipping cream, with a touch of icing sugar and a dash of vanilla, and sandwiching the biscuits together. Do them in groups of four, and lie the stacks on a plate so that the biscuits are horizontal. So that you have the cross section of stripes when you cut into it. Lay three or four stacks in a length so that you have a log shape. Now cover the whole lot with more softly whipped cream. Decorate with broken chocolate biscuits, lollies, or whatever else you fancy.
You could add Baileys or another alcohol to the cream. You do need to be careful when adding liquid/alcohol/vanilla to cream as it may seize. Or just pour a few shots of alcohol over the biscuit stacks.
You could use frosting instead of cream. Or the chocolate mix from the tiffin above. A chocolate glaze is a nice addition. To make a chocolate glaze simply stir a teaspoon of vegetable oil into melted chocolate and pour it on.
Cream cheese and orange biscuit cake
Here’s a nice cream cheese frosting with a bit of orange zest and a little honey. Maybe a touch of cinnamon and these ginger and date biscuits?
Mix 600g cream cheese with 200g soft unsalted butter and 100g of icing sugar. Stir in 2 tbsp honey and the zest of 1 or 2 oranges.
Italian biscuit cake
In Italy, of course, they make their fridge cake with style. Not only will it include things like pistachios and candied peel, but is rolled into a sausage shape and tied up with string like an actual salami. It is even called chocolate salami.
Rocky road biscuit cake
Good old rocky road. Not to be messed with, it is simply fridge cake but with mini marshmallows and raisins. Milk chocolate please.
How to store chocolate biscuit cake
Whatever road of biscuit cake you choose to follow, it belongs in the fridge. Where it will live quite happily for 3 days if it has fresh cream or over a week if it does not.
Posted by: Anna | February 26, 2021
The perfect buttery biscuit crumb base is an essential part of a good cheesecake. Also part of many other desserts, it is a great shortcut to have up your sleeve. But you don’t need to stick with boring biscuits. Any biscuit can be used to make a great cheesecake base.
How to make a biscuit base
A classic biscuit crumb base is made from crushed biscuits mixed with melted butter and set in the fridge. It can form just the base of your cheesecake or dessert, or be pressed up the sides to form a crust.
You can get really creative with your base, and not just in terms of the biscuits used. Try piling the butter/crumb mix into the base of glasses and topping with chocolate mousse, or even just custard mixed with lemon curd.
Classic dishes using a crumb base, other than cheesecake, include banoffee pie, key lime pie, and peanut butter pie. You can make mini versions by lining bun tins with the biscuit crumb mixture. Not so classic ways to use a biscuit crumb base include lemon meringue pie with a biscuit base instead of pastry, or a lemon tart with biscuit base, or even a chocolate tart. Any dessert you can think of that uses a blind baked pastry base is a prime candidate for a buttery biscuit base.
What are the best biscuits for a cheesecake base?
As long as they are crisp biscuits not soft chewy type cookies, you can use any biscuits for your base. A food processor helps with chocolate coated or cream filled biscuits in order to form a nice even crumb. A cream filled biscuit will create a softer sweeter crumb but is well worth experimenting with. Some biscuits will absorb less butter than others, so you may need to play about with proportions.
You could try…
Or even a passion fruit cream.
Make a gluten free biscuit crumb base with our gluten free chocolate chip cookies.
Biscuit base recipe
This will line the base of a 23cm round tin. If you want to press the mixture up the sides, make twice the recipe.
125g unsalted butter, melted
- Blitz the biscuits in a food processor to a fine crumb. Or, put them in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin. Whichever you choose, you want something that looks like damp sand.
- Tip the crumb into a bowl. Even if you used a food processor.
- Stir the butter into the crumb using a wooden spoon or spatula. You want something that just sticks together.
- Press the mixture gently into the tin and set in the fridge for half an hour before filling.
- You can pile the crumb loosely onto a baking tray and set without pressing to form a crumble.
Can I make a vegan biscuit base?
You can make a vegan biscuit base as long as your biscuits are vegan and contain no animal products. Just switch out the butter for coconut oil or a plant-based butter. Choose a hard block butter, not a soft spreadable one.
Why is my cheesecake biscuit base too crumbly?
If your biscuit base is too crumbly, you may not have created a fine even crumb, or you may need more butter.
You may not have pressed hard enough when lining the tin.
However a base that is crumbly is infinitely preferable to one that is too hard.
If your biscuity base is too hard then you may have over mixed, which can often result if you blend the butter and the crumb together in a food processor. Too much butter can lead to a mixture that sets too hard – if your crumb mixture looks wet or greasy then you have too much butter. You may also just have pressed too hard when lining the tin.
Posted by: admin | April 4, 2020
Well we can still have an Anzac Biscuit. We probable cant march this year on Anzac Day due to the important Covid-19 Virus restrictions, but we can still celebrate the heroic deeds of those who served. Buy Bush Cookies’ Anzac Biscuits for your family at your local IGA or order online direct from Bush Cookies.
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Anzac Biscuits are Australian traditional oaten biscuit that is perfect as an all-rounder. Anzac Biscuits by Bush Cookies are handmade gourmet biscuits that you will adore in every moment. These gourmet cookies are ideal for morning tea. You can also enjoy with coffee as an alternative. These biscuits may remind of your grandmother who probably used to make these types of cookies.
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Posted by: admin | February 7, 2020
Mini Freckle Bickies by Bush Cookies are yummy gourmet cookies that kids love. These are ideal for kid’s snack food and kid’s party ideas. Our colorful Freckle Bickies are quite a favorite among children and the mini sized version comes with smaller cookies in an ideal 150 gram pack for the lunch box or snack pack.
They are quite ideal for handy travel and days out. Little people do just love Mini Freckle Bickies. They are a delightful, small package of smaller size cookies perfect for a day out or for reducing kids biscuit consumption.
Mini Freckle Bickies 150g is also popular among our quality range of wholesale cookies and biscuits of Bush Cookies for retailers.
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Posted by: admin | December 14, 2019
The Bush Cookies brand produce great cookies and salted caramel cream is very popular among them in Australia. Bush Cookies have been established a long time. It is the manufacturer as well as the wholesale suppliers of bulk biscuits to the retailers and independent groceries of Australia. Our Salted caramel cream is one as the crunchiest caramel cream-filled biscuit and is an ideal snack for afternoon tea as well as other social gatherings.
The Salted caramel cream is a yummy handmade gourmet biscuit. Ingredients include sugar, margarine, flour, egg, cocoa powder, caramel, golden syrup, vegetable fat, soy, lecithin, syrup, salt, caramel flavor. It helps to keep your mood healthy and cookies fill that hunger pang that just maybe needs something sweet.
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Salted Caramel Cream really is ideal ideal for afternoon tea and any kind of social gatherings
Posted by: admin | November 26, 2019
Bush Cookies have announced the establishment of Siena Foods Pty Limited as their new distributor for the Bush Cookies biscuit range in Queensland.
Siena Foods is a long-established SA wholesale food distributor, manufacturer and importer owned and operated by the Mercuri family.
Originally commenced in Adelaide, Siena Foods have expanded to Brisbane now also distribute gourmet and grocery food and also non-food lines, to major supermarket chains, across metropolitan and regional areas of Brisbane and Queensland.
Bush Cookies, a division of the Opera Foods group are proud to be associated with this company that has built a highly respectable reputation in the markets it services.
The Bush Cookies range comprises packaged cookies purpose designed for independent supermarket retailers delicatessens and greengrocers.
Queensland retailers are invited to contact distributors Siena Foods direct for supply of our high-quality packaged biscuits.
Siena Foods Queensland Branch: –
14/65 Christensen Road, Stapylton QLD, 4207
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This Article was reprinted with permission from an article “Siena Foods New QLD Distributor for Bush Cookies” by Opera Foods.
Posted by: admin | November 14, 2019
Bush Cookies make tasty and superior Anzac Biscuits. These Anzac biscuits are perfect for morning and evening tea ideas. Anzac biscuits will remind people of the days of grandmothers handmade biscuits. These Anzac biscuits are Australian traditional oaten biscuits which are round in shape. The name of Anzac biscuits is quite common with the traditional Australian oaten biscuits.
This kind of biscuits are similar to hard tack biscuits utilized by the Anzac soldiers during World War I. But they are more like the kind families home baked and sent to the soldiers. These style of biscuits were always used to make long-life dry rations for the soldiers and sailors. Earlier it was termed as Dhourra Cake by the Egyptian mariners and the Roman people used to term as buccellum in the regions of Roman. It was the British royal navy who first used to mass produce this kind of hardtack bulk biscuits. Anzac biscuits are a modern version of plain hardtack biscuits.
Australian Anzac biscuits are simple and sweet. The main ingredients of Anzac biscuits are sugar, brown sugar, water, golden syrup, milk solids, butter, wheat flour, and baking soda, rolled oats, coconut and many more.
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