British Fish Biscuits

British Fish Biscuits

British Fish Biscuits are a semi sweet cracker perfect to accompany your afternoon tea or coffee.

I cook a lot. And while one of my primary goals is to make healthy food for my family, I also like to cook food that makes them happy. That’s where treats like cookies and cakes come in. I believe that many fond memories are attached to food. That’s the theme of today’s post. I made British Fish Biscuits because I knew my kids would be really excited!

So here’s a little background. My kids love “The Octonauts.” I when I say love, I mean absolutely obsessed. My 3 year old’s ideal day would be watching Octonauts, playing with Octonauts toys and pretending to be Octonauts.

Now, I know some of you may be thinking, “Octonauts? What is that?”

British Fish Biscuits

My kids discovered The Octonauts on Netflix. It’s a cartoon produced in Ireland, with British actors and broadcasted in America through Disney. The show follows animals that live on a base in the ocean. The theme of the show is “Explore. Rescue. Protect.” It’s basically like Star Trek in the ocean, for kids. What’s wonderful is kids get to learn all sorts of facts about ocean life.

But as I mentioned the show is from the United Kingdom and the characters are British, so as a special treat they often eat fish biscuits. Now, again you may be thinking, “what is a fish biscuit?”

Honestly, I didn’t know either. What I did know is that my children really wanted fish biscuits just like The Octonauts. Because apparently you can’t pretend to be The Octonauts without eating fish biscuits.

So, because I love my children, and their wonderful imaginations, I decided to research fish biscuits. I figured they must be based on a biscuit. After a quick Google search I learned that there’s a difference between an American biscuit and a British biscuit. In America a biscuit is soft and flaky, similar to bread but more buttery and often served with sausage, gravy or eggs. In Britain a biscuit, while also buttery, is crunchy and a tad sweet similar to a graham cracker and often served with tea and fruit.

British Fish Biscuits

In Britain the common term is digestive biscuit. Digestive biscuits were created in the 19th century in hopes to create a semi sweet treat with added fiber. Traditionally digestive biscuits are round with little holes and are served with tea and fruit.

For my British Fish Biscuits I used the King Arthur Flour recipe. But instead of using a circle cookie cutter I used a fish. The kids and I went to Hobby Lobby and found the last fish cookie cutter. They couldn’t have been more excited to make their own fish biscuits. It was great! My three kids and I made these fish biscuits as a team. They helped cut the butter into the flour, mix, knead and roll the dough, and their favorite part, use the cookie cutter. They enjoyed the time rocking out to Disney movie tunes, dancing in the kitchen and baking. And as an end result they got to finally taste fish biscuits!

British Fish Biscuits

My kids couldn’t have been more excited, they actually counted down the oven timer until their fish biscuits were done. And guess what? They loved them! British biscuits are like a semi sweet cookie so I was surprised that they loved them so much. But they are shaped like fish and from their favorite show! I preferred my fish biscuit topped with a little raspberry spread. I love Trader Joe’s Organic Raspberry spread. My daughter loved them this way too. I actually had to stop my kids from eating all the fish biscuits they loved them so much.

If you have children who love Octonauts like mine do I highly suggest that you make these British Fish Biscuits. It will make their day! They’re so simple and your kids will be so happy. My toddler loves this show so much Octonaut toys are all he wanted for his birthday. If you have a fan at home I highly suggest the toys, my kids have played with the Ocotpod playset, among others, for hours! You can buy them all on Amazon!

If you’ve never seen The Octonauts, but are looking for something tasty to have with your tea or coffee, digestive biscuits are perfect. No wonder the British have been eating them since the 19th century!

British Fish Biscuits

If you’re more of an American biscuit fan, check out my heart shaped biscuits. They’re super simple to make. It’s a great baking activity for you and your kids. Kids love anything with cookie cutters! My daughter loved that her biscuits were small and heart shaped. She said they were the cutest biscuits!

 

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British fish biscuits

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British Fish Biscuits
British Fish Biscuits are a semi sweet cracker perfect to accompany your afternoon tea or coffee. This recipe was inspired by the children's show, The Octonauts. In the show fish biscuits are the characters favorite snack. For all the little Octonauts fans out there, this is a fun food inspired by the show.
British Fish Biscuits
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, side dish, Snack
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
biscuits
Ingredients
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, side dish, Snack
Cuisine British
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
biscuits
Ingredients
British Fish Biscuits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Add the flour and baking powder to a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into 8 tablespoons and incorporate into the flour mixture with a pastry blender, or your fingertips.
  3. Add the sugar and add the milk. Mix until the dough is stiff. Quickly knead the dough on a floured surface. Alternatively, mix all the ingredients in a stand mixer and knead with a dough hook.
  4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough until it’s about 1/8 inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut into fish shapes or your desired shape.
  5. Place the fish biscuits on the prepared baking sheets. Prick each biscuit all over with a fork.
  6. Bake about 15 to 20 minutes, until they are golden.
  7. Remove biscuits from oven and cool on the pan. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from King Arthur’s English Digestive Biscuits

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