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Gary Rhodes' digestive biscuits recipe

Epilepsy Action Tea Break - Friday 21 October

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Makes approx. 24


  • 4oz/100g wholewheat flour
  • 4oz/100g medium oatmeal 
  • 2oz/50g soft brown or caster sugar
  • 1teaspoon baking powder or ½ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 4oz/100g butter or margarine
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

You will also need a lightly greased baking sheet and some cling film.


  • Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4/350F/180C.
  • Mix together all of the dry ingredients and rub in the butter to a breadcrumb texture. Now add enough milk to create a moist pastry consistency. Refrigerate for 15 minutes to firm the mix.
  • This creates a reasonably delicate dough so it's important to roll between the sheets of cling film with great care. When 3mm thick cut into 6-7cm discs re-rolling any trimmings.
  • Place the discs on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake in the pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes, until lightly browned and firm to the touch.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to rest for five minutes before transferring onto a wire rack.

The digestives are now best kept in an airtight container and eaten within 2-3 days. However, once you have made them, it is very rare they last that long!

Why has this recipe been donated to Epilepsy Action?

A cup of coffee and a piece of cake can make a real difference for people with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Action’s network of coffee and chat groups can provide a life line to people who might be feeling isolated because of the condition. Coffee and chat groups give people affected by epilepsy an opportunity to come together and share their experiences.

Text ACT NOW to 70700 to donate £5, the cost of a cup of coffee and piece of cake, to Epilepsy Action. Together we can make sure no-one has to face epilepsy alone. Terms and conditions.

Want to hold your own Tea Break?

Each year in October, Epilepsy Action holds a fundraising event called Tea Break, asking people to pop the kettle on, make a brew, bake a cake and have a cuppa with us! The money raised goes towards helping everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK! 

Holding a Tea Break really is a piece of cake! Whether it’s a cup of tea and a cake in your kitchen or a tea party at your workplace, you can hold your Tea Break anywhere and invite anybody along to share the fun. In the past, we have had Tea Breaks registered all over the UK; from Cornwall to Scotland, in schools, homes and workplaces.  

If reading this recipe has inspired you to hold a Tea Break for Epilepsy Action, why not register for your free fundraising pack now and bake a difference?

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I'm living away from the UK so I'm always looking for a good digestive recipe. Tried many recipes but this one is a clear winner.


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