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Posted by: Anna | November 21, 2022
Call them what you like, biscuits and cookies have a special place in the heart of every Australian.
Biscuits are a very specific kind of comfort food, and nothing quite says home like a bickie and a cuppa. Visit a cafe and you may be more likely to indulge in a slice of something than an actual biscuit. Chances are you are more likely to order a coffee than the biscuits natural partner; a good old cup of tea.
A biscuit offers familiarity. A friendly face and a listening ear. Studies have shown that when it comes to biscuits we know what we like and like what we know. Supermarket aisles and bakery baskets are not the spawning ground of new invention, but rather a comforting assurance that some things never change.
Are cookies and biscuits the same thing?
Although (outside of the US) the terms cookie and biscuit can be used interchangeably, most of us are referring to two different things. The distinction is however pretty hard to nail down and is often more a part of our own personal lexicon than anything else. Anzac biscuits (for example) are most definitely a biscuit (even though they look quite cookie-like) whilst a choc chip cookie is immediately recognisable as such and highly unlikely to be mistaken for a biscuit.
Certain things defy categorisation at all. Melting moments couldn’t be anything other than a melting moment (unless its a yo-yo) and who doesn’t love the occasional jam drop?
The truth is that biscuits and cookies share more similarities than differences. So let’s just call them bickies and be done with it!
Where do biscuits come from?
Practically everybody associates biscuits with the British, especially alongside or dunked into a cup of tea. Ginger nuts are a particularly British invention, and shortbread has been made in Scotland since the 16th Century. But did the British actually invent biscuits?
Biscuits began in Ancient Rome as ‘panis bicoctus’ (bread twice-baked) which was essentially just a method of storing slices of dried bread. Arabs were the first to add sugar, as well as fruit and nuts. Sweet biscuits gained in scope and popularity as sugar became more widely available and affordable for the masses.
DID YOU KNOW that sweet biscuits were made to be dunked? Amongst the 17th Century aristocracy hard sponge fingers were dunked in sweet wine.
1846 saw the first industrial biscuit factory in Britain, which became the largest in the world. In Australia, Arnott’s first factory was not far behind.
But tea and biscuits were not officially a thing until WWII. Britain was already a nation of tea drinkers yet as sugar became rationed tea became less and less sweet. The story goes that the biscuit manufacturers stepped in and began supplying biscuits so that people could get their sugar fix on the side.
Australia is one of the great biscuit eating nations of the world. We do love our bickies! Yet not all Aussie favourites come out of packet, and many are much loved homemade classics. So what are these quintessentially Australian biscuits that have been passed down through the generations?
Anzac biscuits are Australia’s most loved and also historically important biscuit. A fairly robust mix of oats, flour, sugar, coconut and butter they were sent out to soldiers during the First World War. A source of energy and nutrition, with a long shelf life, Anzac biscuits (as they came to be known) were also an important source of comfort and connection to home. You could say that Anzac biscuits really do encompass the true spirit of biscuits.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Invented in America in the 1930’s, chocolate chip cookies are a firm favourite in Australia and the rest of the world. Hear the word ‘cookie’ and this is most likely what springs to mind. Choc chip cookies seem to be the one type of biscuit that we don’t associate with a cup of tea. Although, as adults, we love them as much as children do the association is a nostalgic one of milk and cookies.
Shortbread belies its absolute simplicity. Buttery, and with a shortness so short it simply melts in the mouth, shortbread is made of nothing more than flour, sugar and butter.
Jam Drop Biscuits
Jam drop biscuits are shortbread rounds with a ‘drop’ of jam baked on the top. A perennial childhood favourite, these are known elsewhere as thumbprint cookies owing to their method of preparation. A indent is made in the raw dough, into which goes a drop of jam before baking.
Ginger biscuits, also known as ginger snaps or ginger nuts, are all about the crunch. Sweet, spicy, and hard yet not dense, ginger biscuits are the ideal dunking biscuit.
There is nothing quite as quintessentially Australian as the macadamia, so it makes sense that they find their way into baking at every opportunity. The subtle taste and oddly crunchy yet creamy texture of these Australian native nuts lends itself really well to biscuits and cookies. Wild macadamia nuts grow in Queensland and New South Wales, and it is said that 70% of the world’s macadamias can be traced back to a single tree in Queensland. Forget Tim Tams; if you want a truly Australian biscuit then go for one with macadamias.
Melting moments are melt-in-the-mouth butter cookies, often sandwiched together with a jam or cream filling. Originally from New Zealand, these super crumbly cookies are made with just four ingredients; butter, flour, icing sugar and cornflour. A derivative of shortbread, the crumb is somewhat softer and melting is actually the only way to describe it. Melting moments were a 1950s staple and feature heavily in memories of childhood baking.
Theoretically, the Australian version of melting moments is made with custard powder not cornflour and is therefore actually a yo-yo. These are not to be confused with the British version of melting moments (also a childhood baking favourite) that involves dessicated coconut and glace cherries.
Cream Filled Biscuits
Cream filled biscuits are the opposite of tea dunkers. Sweeter, and creamier, this is where comfort begins to cross over in decadence. Less solitary rainy day cuppa and more celebratory put them on a plate because we have company kinda vibe. Either that or you really want something sweet. Now.
The first commercial cream biscuits produced appeared in Britain and the US around 1908. The British custard cream was a creamy vanilla shortbread biscuit, whilst the chocolatey Hydrox in America was seemingly the forerunner of the Oreo. Over a hundred years on and both nations remain loyal to their roots.
Passionfruit is another particularly popular Australian flavour. Although native to Brazil, these distinctive fruits are grown all over Australia and find their way into many bakes and desserts. Passionfruit creams are a bit of an Aussie institution and favourite of the home baker.
Our lifetime love affair with biscuits most likely began when we were kids. Snack time, play time, break time, after school time. All fuelled by biscuits. Back when sugar was a source of fuel and a little bit of what you fancy definitely did you good.
Biscuits (despite the sugar police) remain a massive part of childhood, and quite thankfully so. Not just for parties, a well timed biscuit can stop tears in their tracks whether your child is a toddler or a teenager. And who doesn’t look forward to cookies and milk after school?
And yes, there are parties. Which require colour, and sugar…
Our angel cookies are crisp vanilla cookies topped with rainbow coloured sprinkles, made in a slightly smaller size for little hands.
Also known as smarty cookies or M&M cookies, we like to call these colourful cookies freckle cookies. Loved by kids the world over, these are a non-negotiable kids party treat.
It isn’t easy to make baked goods and biscuits that are gluten free that taste (or feel) as good as those made with wheat flour. But the demand for gluten free goods continues to rise so bakers and manufacturers are forced to come up with ways to mimic the magic properties of gluten. The trick with shopping for gluten free biscuits is to find something that is just as good or better than their wheat based counterparts. After all, the whole point is that biscuits and cookies are a joy to eat so why put up with something that doesn’t quite get there?
Many biscuits are made without butter and favour margarine instead. However this does not always guarantee that the biscuits will be dairy free as many brands of margarine actually contain milk solids. If the biscuits do contain dairy it may not show up in the ingredients list, but will always be noted as milk allergens.
A lot of biscuits, especially gourmet or handmade biscuits, may contain egg in the recipe. Again, these will be clearly listed in the ingredients and marked as allergens. Our range has a number of egg-free biscuits, including Anzac biscuits which of course traditionally contain no egg.
At Opera Foods we supply biscuits wholesale direct to the public. Packaged for your convenience, yet handmade right here in Australia.
This article was reproduced on this site with permission from operafoods.com.au the “Australian Biscuit Manufacturers”.
See original article:- Why we love handmade Australian biscuits
Posted by: Anna | August 29, 2021
What is a chocolate truffle?
Truffles are a confection usually (but not always) made with chocolate. In the shape of a ball, roughly an inch wide, they have a solid yet soft centre and an outer coating. They are called truffles because when hand rolled they can resemble the other kind of truffle. The deeply-scented, highly-prized edible fungus kind of truffle.
There are many types of chocolate truffle and several ways that you can include biscuits or cookies as an ingredient.
The classic chocolate truffle is the Belgian truffle, which is made of chocolate ganache and has an outer coat of solid chocolate. Swiss and French chocolate truffles are also made of ganache but are tossed in a coat of cocoa.
Not all truffles are made of ganache. As long as it is rolled into a ball and involves some kind of coating around a semi soft centre then anything goes.
What is ganache?
Chocolate ganache is a filling favoured by pastry chefs and chocolatiers. A mix of melted chocolate with cream and/or butter, it has a smooth texture that melts in the mouth. Depending on the ratio of chocolate, butter and cream it can be dense or gooey. Ganache is not difficult to make but it does need to be made with care and also needs plenty of time to cool properly.
How to make ganache
Ganache is made by heating double (heavy) cream, plus butter if using, and stirring in chopped chocolate until the chocolate is melted. This is then left to cool completely. The butter (unsalted) gives the ganache a firmer texture, a shinier finish and a real melt in the mouth quality. The exact recipe will vary depending on the final result you aim to achieve.
How to make chocolate truffles
Truffles are made by rolling cooled ganache (or alternative mixture) into balls. They are usually about 1 inch in diameter, which is a generous teaspoon of mix. The ganache can also be set in moulds. The balls are then rolled immediately in cocoa, crumb, coconut or chopped nuts. If dipping in melted chocolate then the balls are left to set on the outside first. The dipped truffles are then rolled in a coating and left to set.
How to make truffles with biscuits
There are two ways you can make truffles with biscuits. One is a no-cook version involving cocoa, condensed milk and biscuit crumb. The other is to make classic chocolate truffles like a chocolatier would make, and either incorporate the biscuit crumb into the ganache or roll the truffles in biscuit crumb. Or both. You could get pretty creative with textures and flavours. A classic truffle rolled in biscuit crumb is surprisingly good.
Essentially, there is the quick way to make biscuit truffles and the not so quick way. Both are fairly easy.
You can use most biscuits for making truffles as long as they will blitz down into a fine crumb. If you want to add biscuit to ganache, this can be in slightly larger pieces to add a contrasting crunch. Plain biscuits can be surprisingly effective, or play about with different flavours and textures. This post goes into more detail about using biscuits for crumb.
Quick and easy no-cook biscuit truffle recipe
You can use any biscuits you like for making these truffles, but they do need to be of the crunchy variety (not chewy or soft). You could experiment with cream filled biscuits yet it is probably best to start off simple.
395g tin of condensed milk
- Blitz the biscuits to a fine crumb in a food processor and set aside 100g.
- Mix together the rest of the biscuits, cocoa and condensed milk.
- Divide the mixture using two teaspoons and roll into balls.
- Roll the balls, whilst still sticky, in the remaining crumb.
- Set aside to harden a little before eating.
How to roll truffles in melted chocolate
If you want to roll your truffles in melted chocolate then it is best to temper your chocolate first. Find out how to temper chocolate in this post about making chocolate bark. You can get away with not tempering, especially if you plan on rolling them straight into biscuit crumb, but you won’t get that chocolate snap when you bite into them.
For rolling in biscuit crumb, you want a fine crumb that is the texture of ground almonds. Put it in a container that you can easily pick up and shake gently from side to side. Like a square plastic container.
Either way, dip the truffles into the fairly cool melted chocolate and turn them over a few times using a fork. Lift the truffle out on the fork, and let all of the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Once the truffle is no longer dripping with chocolate, drop it gently into your fine biscuit crumb. Move the container around so that the truffle rolls in the crumb and becomes fully coated. Place each truffle on a surface to dry and move onto rolling the next one.
This article was reproduced on this site only with permission from operafoods.com.au the “Gourmet Online Wholesale Grocer”. See original article:- How to make Biscuit Truffles
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 | 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: 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 | March 6, 2020
Salted Caramel Creams by Bush Cookies is perfect cream biscuit when you actually need to pamper anyone in life. Bush Cookies are wholesale biscuit manufacturers which distribute Australia’s best cookies. Salted Caramel Cream biscuits are a crunchy caramel biscuit which is filled with a caramel cream. These biscuits are handmade gourmet cookies. Our Salted caramel cream is ideal for afternoon and morning tea ideas.
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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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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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Posted by: admin | October 23, 2019
Coffee cream biscuits are delightful and pleasant-tasting biscuits from the Bush Cookies brand. These Coffee Cream biscuits will make your day and mood with its nice flavor and aroma. These are magnificent gourmet cookies as well as biscuits. Bush Cookies are wholesale food suppliers for large bulk of snack foods as well as cookies. Aromatic Coffee cream biscuits are perfect for morning and evening tea ideas with a cup of hot coffee. These cookies are quite popular among the quality range of biscuits of Bush Cookies.
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Posted by: admin | October 12, 2019
Anzac Biscuits is a colloquial name given to oaten biscuits. They should never be referred to as a Anzac cookies. The name stems from the most common biscuit parcels sent to the Diggers. Also and their similarity to hardtack biscuits traditionally used by the armed forces. They are produced in Australia by the brand name of Bush Cookies.
Bush Cookies is one of the oldest bakers of Australian hand made packaged wholesale biscuits and cookies. It is an Australian manufacturer as well as a supplier of bulk biscuits to grocery retailers. Anzac Biscuits are referred to as the traditional oaten Australian biscuit that is generally round in shape.
Aussie Anzac biscuits are basically handmade gourmet biscuits. It is generally taken with morning teas and evening snacks. Our Anzac biscuits are made up of sugar, water, golden syrup, milk solids, butter, brown sugar and many more. It is rich in protein, fats, carbohydrates, sodium, and sugar. The ingredient of Anzac biscuits makes it crunchier and softer as well as slightly sugary although it cannot be completely regarded as the classical sweet biscuit.
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