When I was a child I always remember visiting my grandparents at the weekends. The one thing I always remember about my visits was the biscuit tin. Nan would always have biscuits in the pantry under the stairs. Normally, she would buy Rich Tea or packets of Digestives. Occasionally, if her grandchild were coming to stay, Nan would buy Jammy Dodgers.
Custard Creams were always my favourite but Jammy D’s came in a close second. The reason I like these two biscuits so much is simple. I used to pull the biscuit apart and eat the filling first. That, when I was a child my friends, was the best way to eat them.
Nowadays, since giving up processed foods and sugars and discovering a gluten allergy, I can no longer eat either of these delicious biscuits. So I decided to try and make my own Jammie Dodgers or doggers! (I wrote a list of what I was going to make at the weekend and I wrote doggers instead of dodgers, which amused my husband endlessly!) My husband, son and I thoroughly enjoyed this version and we all gave these a big thumbs up.
- Mixing bowl
Ingredients for the chia seed jam
- Raspberries x 400g (frozen or fresh)
- Chia seeds x 4 tbsp
- Lime x 1
- Agave syrup or maple syrup x 2-4 tbsp
Method for the chia seed jam
- Put the raspberries into the mixing bowl.
- Add the chia seeds and agave syrup.
- Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl with the fork.
- Using the fork, mash all of these ingredients together, until everything becomes squidgy.
- Then cover the bowl with a plate or a lid if there is one and put this mixture into the fridge for 24 hours.
- Mixing Bowl
- Mixing spoon
- Small saucepan
- Stirring spoon
- Rolling pin
- Chopping board
- Baking trays
Ingredients for the biscuits
- Gluten free oats x 200g
- Ground almonds x 100g
- Brown rice flour or plain flour x 100g
- Coconut or brown sugar x 100g
- Cinnamon x 1 tsp
- Baking powder x 1 tsp
- Unsalted butter or ghee x 100g
- Maple syrup x 100mls
- Put the oats into the blender and blend until they are oat flour.
- Pour the oats into the mixing bowl along with the ground almonds, brown rice or plain flour, coconut or brown sugar, cinnamon and baking powder.
- Now if the ghee or unsalted butter is hard, melt it in the small saucepan.
- Add the maple syrup and stir these ingredients together with the spoon.
- Pour the butter and maple syrup ingredients over the ingredients in the large bowl and mix together until a large dough ball has formed.
- If the mixture is dry add a milk of your choice.
- Add a little bit at a time until a dough ball forms.
- Grab a piece of the dough and put it onto the chopping board.
- Dust the rolling pin and dough ball with a little extra flour.
- Roll the dough out until it’s about 1/2 centimetre thick.
- Cut the dough with a cutter size and shape of your choice.
- Repeat this process until all the dough is used.
- Put the biscuits onto chopping boards.
- Preheat the oven to 180 °C or gas mark 4.
- Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- Then after 30 minutes place on the baking trays.
- Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
Method for putting the biscuits and jam together
- Remove the jam after 24 hours.
- Spoon a small amount of jam from the bowl.
- Spread it across the bottom of one biscuit until it covers the biscuit.
- Now put a second biscuit on top.
- You can repeat the process but I found the biscuits to go a little soggy.
- So instead make as many as you want to eat.
- Put the rest of the biscuits into a airtight container and the jam back in the fridge.
- Until you want another one unless you like a softer biscuit.
Jammy Doggers, as we like to call them, or dodgers are a great biscuit the whole family can enjoy. As I mentioned earlier my husband, son and I really enjoyed eating these biscuits. However remember, they will go soggy if you make them all. If you like a softer biscuit then that’s OK but we prefer to eat our biscuits with a little crunch to them. However you decide to eat this delicious sweet treat, as always, enjoy.
What was your favourite biscuit as a child and how did you eat it? Let me know in the comments below and please don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe to my channel. Thank you. xxx