Monday, November 28, 2011

Garibaldi Tea Biscuits

Hello everyone! I'd first like to thank all who read and/or responded to my vintage Christmas cards post. I was happy so many enjoyed it and had memories of their own to share, and also pleased to hear many still send Christmas cards. I bought my box of cards to send out today. Now, I just have to get them ready and in the mail!

Second ~ I want to share a surprise I received a couple of weeks ago from my cousin who lives in Oregon ~ Crawford's Garibaldi Biscuits! Not just one package ~ but a whole case of them! It was the first time I'd eaten an English tea biscuit! 


 The Garibaldi biscuit contains currants spread between two thin biscuits. They're named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, a very popular Italian general and leader who visited Tynemouth, England in 1854 (I guess the British thought it a fitting honor to name a biscuit for the general!)  They were first manufactured by Peak Freans in Bermondsey (which is an area of London) in 1861, and made by famous biscuit maker, John Carr.

Here I am, about to try them for the first time with a cup of tea, using my vintage Italian-made luncheon/crumpet set. Very appropriate, isn't it ~ biscuits named after an Italian general, eaten on a vintage Italian plate? I think it's the perfect little treat to go with a cup of tea or coffee ~ and yes, they can be dunked! Yummy!


If you'd like to try them, they can be ordered from several online sources, including British Delights, by clicking HERE.

Until next time,
Cindy

12 comments:

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Those biscuits look so yummy along with your lovely teacup. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to viewing your vintage Christmas card post. Enjoy your week and thanks for linking up.

Cottage and Broome said...

Tea and biscuits sound delightful! Laura

Online Parenting Class said...

that looks really tempting!

Au and Target said...

How elegant! Does Buster like it too?

Johanna said...

Hello Cindy,
the bisquits look nice but on your pretty Italian set they looks scrumptious. Thanks for sharing.
Best greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Cindy,
Your biscuits and tea look wonderful on your vintage tea and crumpet set. Your set is so pretty with the fancy edged plate. Thank you for sharing this with us and have a splendid day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Snap said...

Your luncheon set is just beautiful and yes, perfect to use while trying the biscuits! Happy Tea Day!

cindy said...

What a great combination are your biscuits and crumpet set so pretty and I love handmade.

Barbara said...

I love your teacup, it's so pretty. At the moment I'm sitting here drinking my first mug of Lapsang Souchong of the day, no biscuits though, it's too early for food. I'm not really a fan of Garibaldi biscuits, but then again I don't think any biscuit is worth being called a biscuit if it doesn't have chocolate on it - McVities Dark Chocolate Digestives, mmmm, now you're talking. And I just love crumpets...
Have a great Wednesday,
Barbara (UK based and very, very fussy about her tea :O))

poppilinnstudios said...

What a perfect little treat! Beautiful luncheon/crumpet set!
-Lynn

Rhissanna said...

British kids call them squashed fly biscuits...

Still, very good in tea. I vary rarely find UK biscuits over here. I found some Crawford's bourbon biscuits at a local dollar store (Big Lots?) and had real difficulty persuading a woman that they were safe for kids and don't have any bourbon in them.

Anonymous said...

Oh I remember those garibaldi biscuits well from my childhood, they were the kind of biscuits that only your grandparents seemed to eat, and were referred to by generations of English kids as 'squashed fly biscuits'. Yum.

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