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Bakers Tennis Biscuits Review
I was very interested in the comments on Tennis biscuits.
Having made this biscuit myself at Bakers Biscuits in both Durban and Jo'burg back in the 70's I know it intimately - and very good it is too.
You may be interested to Log on to teriton.co.za where you will find a web site produced by Mr.Len Baumann ex CEO of bakers biscuits where he discusses the history of biscuits in South Africa, including Tennis.
PS the "holes" in biscuit as you put it are called "Docker" holes.
Chief Biscuit Process Technologist
|Nicey replies: That's a fascinating web site with lots of great history. A great bit in the introduction which pushes the invention of the biscuit back to the Romans, and of course wonderful to hear how tennis biscuits actually got their name.
Thanks again for sharing Mr Baumann's work with us.
|Jimmy and Dazza
Fox's Delicious Cookies Review
|Dear Nicey & Wifey,|
I feel compelled to write to you about the above biscuits to give some feedback.
We are two young studmuffins working in the city but every day we take elevenses to enjoy a nice cup of tea and a sitdown.
Today's (and indeed everyday this week) biscuit of choice is the Fox's Delicious Cookie and a mighty fine one it is too. It does exactly what it says on the packet. It is extremely chocolatey and truly indulgent. It is quite thick which makes it splendid for dunking. Usually there are eight biscuits in a packet but today we had a pleasant surprise when we peeled open the luxury wrapper and found nine sumptuous delicacies...............
Rather than scratch out eachother's eyes for the additional cookie, we did the gentlemen's thing and split it down the middle - lovely!
I hope your other readers enjoy these cookies as much as we do.
Jimmy & Dazza
||Good morning Mr Nicey|
I've had a fantastic marketing idea for convenience food. It came to me in a dream last night. Imagine a pack with two strips of biscuit dough, each mixed with a different chemical (some research will be necessary on the details, but what is the lottery fund for if not to aid such important endeavours?). The two strips are mixed, kneaded together, rolled and cut into jaunty shapes and put on a tray.
This is where the clever bit happens. The two chemicals, having been mixed, start a reaction, the heat of which cooks the biscuits.
I cannot see any way in which this could possibly go wrong.
|Nicey replies: Yes it sounds absolutely safe, no problems there. Very similar process to mixing up Araldite only with out using a match and an old jam jar lid. I've always thought that a keen interest in Araldite was a good indicator of the onset of middle age. Think of us when you have made your first 2.2 million pounds (1 million goes nowhere nowadays apparently).|
||Hello Nicey and Wifey,|
Am watching a "Biography" program on television here in Canada about the Rolling Stones. Was intrigued to learn that one of Mick Jagger's first audiences was a local friend, whose mum and sister "used to bring out Jaffa cakes and tea while Mick was singing in our house. She did love Mick's singing."
So. Was it tea and Jaffa cakes that in truth launched the Rolling Stones? We may never know. But they played an, erm, instrumental part, it seems...
Almonte, Ontario, CANADA
|Nicey replies: Actually it would be more shocking if Mick Jagger didn't like Jaffa cakes, and before we lower the tone of the whole site we should probably leave it at that.|
Jam Sandwich Creams Review
|Without wanting to re-ignite the Jaffa Cake/Buscuit debate, I was grazing through my confection cupboard the other day and randomly selected three items to nibble on with a nice cup of tea.|
I switched on the telly, had a quick slurp of tea and proceeded to pick up one of my nibbles.
It was with much amusement that I realised that all three items I had selected, whilst being entirely different products, were all based on the same basic fillings, to wit, raspberry jam and butter cream.
The items i had chosen were (in no particular order),
Fox's Jammy Dodger
Mr Kiplings Viennese Whirl
Morrisons Brand Butterfly Cake
This set me thinking. The Jammy Dodger is definately a buscuit and the Butterfly Cake is certainly a cake, but there seems to be a grey area, a sort of transition zone, in which the Viennese Whirl sits, being a sort of hybrid Buscuit come Cake.
After a period of reflection I related this to my wife, Tracy, who informed me that the Viennese Whirl was neither cake nor buscuit but a pastry and that I was stupid.
Does anyone have any comments on the above?
|Nicey replies: Right a great deal to get through here. First off that's a Jam Cream Sandwich which Fox's are building there, a Jammie Dodger is not only different not having cream, but is a built solely by Burtons. Its a bit like calling your Dyson Vacuum cleaner a Hoover. Sorry for the pedantic bit there but I would be remiss if I didn't wade in.
Any how the Mr Kipling Viennese whirl is avery undervalued thing, and in a great many European countries would get away with calling itself what ever it fancied. Cake or biscuit they wouldn't really care. However in the UK it would have to be a cake, and not just beacuse as we all know, Mr Kipling makes exceedingly good ones, and he made these, but also because I don't think it can be classed as a pastry as it has raising in it. If it was a pastry I would probably just join a circle straight to cakes in the mighty NCOTAASD Venn Diagram of such things which is always open for a bit of a fiddling with.