National Biscuit Day takes place on May 29th, 2021. National Biscuit Day is a chance to celebrate the humble biscuit. You might be surprised to hear that biscuits are recorded as an essential source of nutrition to many different people and civilizations throughout history.
Biscuits are not a modern invention and originated as a way of making flour and other ingredients last longer so that they could be taken on long journeys. They were a staple on long sailing expeditions for the Ancient Egyptians and kept many a Roman soldier energised during their conquests of different lands.
It’s important to note the difference between the UK and US English definitions of the word ‘biscuit’. For Americans, ‘biscuits’ are soft and risen baked good that are often served as a side dish to savoury meals.
But, in the UK, biscuits are flat, sweet treats that are eaten as a snack. These are known as ‘cookies’ in the US. Biscuits didn’t become known as a sweet confectionary until the 7th century, when the Persians experimented by adding different ingredients to the standard water and flour mixture.
To celebrate National Biscuit Day get baking at home with Twinkl’s Biscuit Recipe Cards. They feature simple, step-by-step instructions on how to make a basic biscuit recipe that can be adapted to your tastes.