National Biscuit Day

All smart cookies are welcome! National Biscuit Day is a great opportunity to get crackers about one the most beloved snacks in the world. Did you know there are so many kinds of biscuits?

American biscuits are small, crusty bread rolls that are often served as a side or breakfast dish. The word “biscuit” in the UK is used to describe flat sweet treats. These are called “cookies” here in the US. Garibaldi is one of the most unique British traditional varieties. It is also known as the “squashed Fly biscuit” and contains currants between two layers.

You will be surprised to learn that biscuits are not a new invention. They were created out of necessity in ancient times. Merchants and military personnel of the Roman, Greek and Egyptian empires spent many weeks at sea ferrying cargo and making their journey to foreign shores. They needed to have food that could provide calories throughout the entire journey. It was impossible to find fresh food. It wouldn’t last. Captains began to stockpile dried foods in their larders that would not go off.

In ancient times, preservation techniques were quite advanced. It was known that dried items would last longer and not deteriorate. Therefore, millers began to grind flours and bake bread over low heat for a long time. This method preserves nutrition but eliminates water, which prevents microbes from growing.

Dried biscuit-like breads were a common staple at sea from that point on. For example, the ancient Egyptians made flat brittle loaves from millet, an old grain. Later, the Romans invented the first biscuit. The Romans spread the wheat flour paste on a plate, and left it to dry.

In the early days of medicine, biscuits played an important role. Many doctors believed that the bowel is the first place where problems arise in the body. Patients suffering from an “imbalance” in their gut would develop all kinds of unpleasant symptoms, which included many health issues that we recognize today. However, doctors saw biscuits as a way to help with digestion, which was a very different view from today’s medics. They were prescribed daily to patients suffering from digestive problems.

This approach would have probably worked, it seems. The ancient biscuits were made from whole grains and no sugar by cooks. These biscuits were high in fiber and can be used to settle stomachs.

In the middle ages, biscuits were still popular at sea. The Royal Navy gave sailors a daily allowance of one pound of biscuits and one gallon of beer in the 16th century. to fight the Spanish armada.

It wasn’t until the seventh century that biscuits were first considered sweet treats. They were considered a travel food by the ancients. You would take them with you on long trips and they wouldn’t spoil. The Persians started to experiment. They began to add eggs, butter, cream and other ingredients to enhance the texture of the flour. These ingredients make the mixture more fluffy and luxurious. They added sweeteners like honey and fruit to the mix, making the first cookies in human history.

Around the end of the tenth-century, biscuits were introduced to Europe. Legend has it that an Armenian monk traveled from Central Asia to France, passing on a recipe he had learnt in the Caucuses. Ginger was the main flavor of the day.

These biscuits weren’t the modern confections we love today, even though they were delicious. Although they were more fluffy and delicious than their predecessors, mass production of sugar was not possible. Biscuits were an exotic delicacy that some people enjoyed as part of their traditional food for most of the middle ages.

The game was changed when sugar production increased dramatically in the eighteenth-century. Flour-millers and breadmakers could now add sweetness to their mixtures and create new types of products at a very low cost.

In the 19th century, sugar consumption per capita shot up, and biscuit companies like McVitie’s and Crawfords set up factories to produce confections in mass quantities.

However, the history of biscuits has been split between the Old and New Worlds. The New World used the term to describe soft, leavened quickbread. It was a term that referred to a flour-based, unleavened product.

National Biscuit Day celebrates all types of biscuits – not only cookies but crackers, water biscuits and even crispbreads. Although most biscuits are sweet, there is still a significant amount of sales for savory varieties.

Baking a buccellum, an ancient Roman biscuit, is one of the best ways to enjoy the day. Although the end product will not be as delicious as the manufactured biscuits, it will provide you with a glimpse into the type of food that sailors enjoyed while sailing.

You can still bake cookies and traditional biscuit bread, even if you don’t have the right ingredients. You can also try healthy, unique versions that use authentic ingredients. You can find many recipes online that use wholemeal flours or sugar substitutes.

You’ll love to share the experience of baking biscuits. People invite their friends and family over to enjoy tea and cookies in the traditional way. Simply take your favorite tea (Assam or Darjeeling), and add some milk and sugar. Then, pair it with your favorite biscuits, sweet or savory. Many people love to dip their biscuits into their tea.

Biscuits used to come in specific shapes and sizes. You don’t have to follow the official format. Cookies don’t need to be rectangular. Use any shape cutters you have at home. Cookies can be made in any shape you like: stars, triangles, donkeys or cars. You can also decorate them with icing sugar for an extra special touch.

Although there aren’t many details about how National Biscuit Day began, it isn’t a reason to skip the festivities. Make a delicious treat for your friends and family. Or, just relax with a cup or two of tea or coffee while you enjoy one of your favourite varieties. Share your creations on social media with your friends. You never know who else might be looking for biscuit lovers.


May 29 2024


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