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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.
I was wondering if you or a well travelled reader could give us antipodeans a little clarification on British chocolate terminology. Here in New Zealand we have Milk chocolate (which we would consider "plain chocolate") and Dark Chocolate. There is also white chocolate but that is a whole other topic really.
Anyway, in your Hobnob poll I see there is a Milk Chocolate variety and a Plain Chocolate variety. For a New Zealander these would amount to exactly the same biscuit, yet I am sure this is not the case. Ooh, the mystery!
|Nicey replies: Jackson,
We call Dark Chocolate, Plain Chocolate, when we aren't calling it Dark Chocolate.
re: white chocolate. I have a consignment of Kiwi Snow Toffee pops on its way to me ETA Wednesday, although they might be a bit melted and smashed.
Griffins Sultana Pasties Review
|I was hoping that, given your knowledge of all things biscuit-like, you would be able to assist in tracking down a confection from my mother's New Zealand youth. She claims they were called something like 'Chocolate Raisin Pasties' and comprised a sort of pastry case filled with raisins, and the whole covered in chocolate. Apparently they were small and dunk-able, as she remembers her father indulging in this habit. Any ideas?|
|Nicey replies: Sultana pasties, follow the link to our review.|
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
For your information, Tunnocks Tea Cakes of bathroom sealant fame are known as Mallow Puffs in New Zealand. Many thanks for informing me of their presence in the British Isles under a Scottish pseudonym. I shall now head to the supermarket without delay to consume a whole packet in the interests of comparative biscuit science. As to the merits or otherwise of these biscuits, I feel a key detraction is the thinness of the chocolate covering rendering the fingers like a typical two-year olds in under 3 seconds. If no-one is watching, this can be avoided by juggling the biscuit like a hot potato.
I noticed quite a few international additions to the biscuit reviews page, so as a POM living in New Zealand for a year, i thought i'd take the opportunity to add the database of world biscuit data.
NZ biscuit information worthy of note:
"Jammy Dodgers" are called "Shrewsburys" over here. For no good reason whatsoever, as far as i've been able to find out.
Kiwis are extremely fond of "Afghans", a rough textured, baked, choclatey affair. Ironically, they are shaped slightly like the funny Pork pie hats that the Taleban wore.
Although not really a biscuit, "Chocolate Fish" seem to be a national institution here, usually used as an incentive for kids to work harder at school.
Hope this biscuit data is of some interest :o)
urther investigation into the mildly odd world of Kiwi bicuits has revealed that Shrewsbury's made specifically by Griffins (http://www.griffins.co.nz/), but a your average Kiwi would call any Jam sandwhich biscuit a Shrewsbury.
As for the chocolate fish, the Kiwis i've talked to about them are shocked to find that they aren't a world-wide phenomenon, as they grew up expecting a chocolate fish (Pronounced "fush" here) anytime they did anything good at school.
Link to a Cadubury's NZ catalogue (Including Chocolate fish):
How to get a lifetime's supply of Chocolate Fish :o)
Some rather ornate looking (and FUN to eat) chocolate fish, but possibly not authentic Kiwi types..
Enjoy your chocolate fishing & congrats on the web site (Especially Apocolypse bunny), as you can probably tell i do have a bit of spare time at work at the moment, and your website has been an ideal accompaniment to all the tea and biscuits i've been scoffing :oD
|Nicey replies: Thanks for that valuable biscuit info Mark. Its important to keep a global perspective on biscuits. Do you know if Shrewsburys are generic jam sandwich biscuits, or are made by any company in particular? The Chocolate Fish sound good, do you have a picture or link to one?
Hoorah for odd Kiwi biscuit/cake things!