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|Karl ‘Two lunches’ Hughes
My colleagues and I have spent some time this morning trying to work out whether this recipe is a CAKE or a BISICUIT.
We have a split in opinion. Can anyone out there please help resolve our conflict and let us know the official verdict.
Then we can get on with our work.
PS Nice Site!
Karl ‘Two lunches’ Hughes
|Nicey replies: Dear Mr Two Lunches,
Its not a Biscuit, niether is it a cake, it is however the sort of thing that is often seen sharing a shelf with the equally troublesome flapjacks in our local bakery. The Kiwis make a lot of this type of thing, and maybe that has something to do with the Scots that emigrated there. They call them 'tray bakes' I believe. Whilst for us it shouldn't be too much of an issue if something takes up an unusual spot on the great venn diagram of biscuits, cakes and related items, for the VAT man its a big issue. The VAT man would probably see this as a biscuit that way he could tax it due to its chocolate being largely external.
I fear I haven't answered your question, never mind.
At last, a site that really demonstrates what the web is for. Congratulations. I discovered it today, a good friend passed on the details. Anyway, I am after some advice, as I am at a loss as to what to do with my aberrant daughter who simply refuses to listen to sensible advice on the etiquette of bisuit eating. The problem manifests itself with complex biscuits, such as penguins and yes, even extends into jaffa cakes. She has also been known to do it with crunchie bars too.
Despite my determined efforts to explain to her the chemical design of these biscuits, and that the designer intended the subtle mix of textures and flavours to complement and contrast, to work in harmony, to add up to more than the sum of the parts, she insists on eating the things sideways. For example, with a penguin, she will nibble and dissolve the chocolate first. Then carefully detach the biscuit layer from the filling using teeth, then eat the cream filling, and finally the second biscuit layer. Similarly, Cadburys mini rolls - chocolate, cake, filling, completely distorting the flavour and mouth feel at each stage.
Whilst I fully appreciate the challenge and dexterity she masters, despite my admonishments, threats, attempts to educate her calmly, demonstrations of how it should be done - she merely thinks it funny.
What can I do to improve this erratic behaviour?
|Nicey replies: There is not a lot you can do, it's a stage she's going through, she'll grow out of it during her mid thirties, perhaps.|
|Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|I saw the mail from Tom Alred and can, indeed, confirm that I have tried M&S extremely chocolatey mini bites.|
They are extremely chocolatey, in fact exactly as described on the plastic tub in which they are packaged. and take the form of a growth stunted mini roll, coming in varieties of orange and milk chocolate. Very rich, very sickly; but very delicious. I'm sure there are all sorts of activities to which they might lend themselves! :-)
As for the totally chocolate covered Jaffa Cakes. I have never seen those, although they sound very good indeed.
Btw, Nicey. I have now eaten about four Tim Tams and am completely smitten. Were I not due to get married in three weeks, and in dire need of fitting in a posh frock, I might investigate some other flavours. Alas, that will have to wait. :-)
|Nicey replies: Yes whilst we were at the Tim Tam launch Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy, valiantly volunteered to supervise the younger members of staff. For her bravery she received a pack of Double Coat Tim Tams which we liberated from Australia House.|
As a recent convert to the nicecupofteaandasitdown.com I am just coming to grips with some of the stronger issues in the field. Today, after much thought I purchased for myself and my colleagues the above mentioned McVities Homebake, Chocolate Flapjacks. (Not cheap, but moderately edible). Due to the bourgeois nature of our eating establishment, (it's a bistro instead of a caf) the odd biscuit is generally quite odd and we have to make do with chocolate bars (OK in their place, preferably a lunch box belonging to a small, but discerning child, but no substitute for a biccie!).
We are now concerned that we have moved into an area in which we have little experience and could easily be lead astray. Please help us by identifying the niche of the pre-packaged flap jack.
Yours in excited anticipation.
|Nicey replies: Well, the flap jack is grouped in with cakes dispite its biscuit like ingredients. This is mainly due to the nature of its baking, as a large flattened mass, and its sheer size in comparison to biscuits.
I hope this helps.
I'm also interested to know exactly which home McVities baked these in. Presumably to produce industrial levels of flap jacks they would need a large number of homes, each equipped with a substantial oven.