Time for Some Biscuits and Crackers

Disclaimer: This is the full feature from The Royal Chef column on Edge Davao.

Triangular crackers. Shortbread cookies. Filled biscuits. Cinnamon cookies. Belgian-spice cookies. With the many choices available, it is not easy to have a favourite. From regular plain crackers to fibre rich ones and the ever prevalent, chocolate flavoured biscuits, snacking on these munchies is and will always be part of life.


Let’s elevate the moment. Biscuits and crackers are not just your plain snack staples anymore. Nowadays, biscuits and crackers are inevitable sources of additional flavours and textures for dishes.
Sweet or savoury, they have been an option for many kitchen enthusiasts to use.

How do I love my biscuits and crackers? Let me ignite your imagination and let you crave for a bite. Enjoy!

trcbcAvocado Topping
This is one of my latest fave. It’s creamy yet savory and textured. I love that you can use this also as a dip. My fave biscuit for this? Marks&Spencers Rich Tea Biscuit and other plain crackers.
*Mash avocado
*Add salt, pepper and a little lemon juice
*Add chili flakes and garlic powder
*Spread on biscuit
*Drizzle with olive oil

trcbcMy Go-To-No-Bake Crust
I love mine with a combination of textures and flavours. Most often, I mix and match biscuits to create a new taste. And yes, I love my crust a bit chunky. Go for salty crackers and sweet biscuits and you’d thank me later.
*Graham crackers, crushed
*Biscoff biscuits, crushed
*Oreo biscuits (filling removed), crushed
*Unsalted butter, melted
*Vanilla extract
-In a blender, mix everything. Pulse until fine crumbs form. Press evenly into the bottom and up the side of a pie plate. Set aside.

trcbcDIY Toppings
Having some friends over? Do this. Get some crackers/biscuits and top with your fave flavour combo. The idea here is to mix and match fresh ingredients for a more robust gastro experience.
*Cucumber-Garlic Mayo
In a bowl, mix mayo and garlic powder. Top cracker with thinly sliced cucumber and a teaspoon of garlic mayo mix. Sprinkle a bit of paprika.
*Gourmet Daing-Tomato Rings
In a bowl, mix 3 tablespoon of Gourmet Daing (orders and inquiries: 0943 480 5677) and a teaspoon of pesto. Add paprika and ground pepper. Top biscuit with fresh tomato ring and dollop of daing-pesto mix.
In a bowl, mix salsa (La Parranda Salsa), grated cheese and garlic powder. Top biscuit with a dollop of cheesy salsa and diced white onion. (heat up your cheesy salsa to melt the cheese)

Easy to Prepare Dip Choices
Crackers and biscuits make for a best dipping partner. Normally, I prepare plain crackers and tea biscuits and experiment on what I have inside my pantry. Go for a combination of flavours and textures. Do not limit yourself with the usual – go ahead, mix & match.

In a bowl, mix any of the following:
*CHEESY DIP: warm rice milk, powdered cheese, grated cheese, garlic powder and ground pepper.
*EASY GUAC: mashed avocado, diced tomatoes, diced native onion and salt and pepper.
*GREEN LOVE (a personal fave): pitted green olives, chopped scallions, drained capers, chopped garlic, mustard and extra virgin olive oil.

trcbcCoffee Cake
This is my new favourite. Admittedly, I love coffee – who doesn’t? – and what better way to have coffee than as a cake. I got the recipe from Food Network Magazine and tweaked it to suit my taste.
*Preheat oven to 350. Line baking dish with parchment paper.
1- Topping: In a bowl, whisk ¾ c flour, 2/3 c brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon powder and salt. Add 5 tbsp room temp butter. Rub between fingers until well incorporated.
2- Mix-ins (MIXED WITH YOUR TOPPING): Stir in ¼ c crushed biscoff, ¼ c crushed Marks&Spencer Rich Tea biscuit, ¼ c finely chopped salted nuts and 2 tbsp crushed tablea.
3- Batter: In a bowl, whisk 2 c sifted flour, 1 tsp baking powder and 1 tsp baking soda. Add salt.
In a separate bowl, beat 1 stick of room temp butter and 1 c granulated sugar. Mix well until light and fluffy.
Add 2 eggs, one at a time. Pour 2 tsp vanilla extract.
Add dry ingredients in batches and 1 c sour cream – beginning and ending with flour.
4- Filling: In a bowl, dilute 2 tsp espresso coffee (or instant coffee) with tepid water. Make it not too thin and not too thick – just spreadable.
5- Spread half the batter onto the dish. Using a brush or the back of the spoon, spread your filling.
Sprinkle half of your topping. Brush another layer of your filling.
Spoon remaining batter evenly. Spread remaining topping.
Bake until topping turns golden brown or for 55 minutes. Or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

So, how do you like your biscuits and crackers?

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