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Title: barmouth biscuits
Post by: evans48 on 18 May, 2014, 06:47:17 PM
back in the 1960s, you could get barmouth biscuits which  were made by ( I believe it may be) peak freans. however I am open to correction. does anyone know if you can still get them or were they discontinued? trhr
Title: Re: barmouth biscuits
Post by: antonymous on 18 May, 2014, 07:29:31 PM
I am afraid that they are no longer available in the UK but there is a near substitute available;

"There were a variety of fairly plain biscuits that I liked but there was one in particular that seemed a special treat. They went by the name of 'Barmouth' biscuits. Thin, sweet, round and delicious. It was all too easy to devour more than the usual ration of two. Sadly these lovely things disappeared from the shelves in the UK some years ago never to return.  However a little 'invader' from across The Channel started to appear in their place. And as I steadily began to spend more and more of my time in France I would always return with these little golden treasures.

'Langue du chat' or 'cat's tongues are a delicate little biscuit and perfect with a coffee or afternoon tea. They can also be used with desserts, with ice-cream for example. They are flavoured with vanilla but equally you can add the zest of a lemon or orange. Actually the recipe is very similar to a tuile. Enjoy!!" http://perrigauxkitchen.blogspot.co.uk/

These are available from amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lu-Langue-Chat-Biscuits

Or - of course - make your own.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/langues_de_chat_biscuits_51182


Title: Re: barmouth biscuits
Post by: P-Kasso2 on 19 May, 2014, 12:51:51 PM
As I.A's resident biscuitologist I feel I have to add my two penn'orth.

While I have not had the pleasure of scoffing a packet of Barmouth Biscuits I thought I could maybe do a bit of digging...and I came up with the recipe so, I am pleased to tell you Evans48 that you can make your own.

Here is a recipe.

The site I dug up (called http://www.freelists.org/post/guide.chat/barmouth-biscuits-recipe) although other sites say that the French stepped in to take up the vacuum caused when Barmouth's vanished and their name for Barmouth's was 'Langue du chat' which, my dodgy schoolboy French tells me means the 'Cat's Tongue' biscuits and their shape certainly justifies the name...if your cat has a very big tongue.

As the first site I've cited above says...

"The Barmouth biscuit stopped and Foxes took over, then the french made a recipe
as close as you'll ever get to it and here it is.

Original Recipe Yield 6 dozen
 
Ingredients.
 
9 tablespoons butter, softened
10 tablespoons white sugar
3 egg whites
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
6 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, melted

Directions.
 
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease cookie
sheets.
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the
egg whites one at a time until batter is light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla.
Mix in the flour just until blended. Dough will be a little stiff. Force
through a pastry bag or cookie press with a medium star tip onto lightly
buttered cookie sheets. Make each cookie about 3 inches long.
Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until straw-colored. When
cool, dip one end of each cookie in melted chocolate and place on wax paper
until chocolate hardens. Store in a cool place."


For 'Langue du chat' biscuits, simply point your mouse at http://perrigauxkitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/langue-du-chat-biscuits.html which, very  handily, has a nice photo so you can see if these really are anything like your long lost Barmouth Biscuits.
Title: Re: barmouth biscuits
Post by: P-Kasso2 on 19 May, 2014, 01:05:06 PM
LATEST BREAKING NEWS...Apparently Fox's still make a biscuit that is virtually a Barmouth Biscuit and they have been snappily renamed Fox's Sunbreaks.

How readily available they are I do not know. Maybe someone else does?
Title: Re: barmouth biscuits
Post by: antonymous on 19 May, 2014, 11:50:05 PM
LATEST BREAKING NEWS...Apparently Fox's still make a biscuit that is virtually a Barmouth Biscuit and they have been snappily renamed Fox's Sunbreaks.

How readily available they are I do not know. Maybe someone else does?

Party poopers hat on -

"Fox's did do a substitute for a while - called "Sunbreaks", but they stopped making them last year."
http://www.theanswerbank.co.uk/Food-and-Drink/Question86005.html
Title: Re: barmouth biscuits
Post by: P-Kasso2 on 20 May, 2014, 01:49:47 PM
LATEST BREAKING NEWS...Apparently Fox's still make a biscuit that is virtually a Barmouth Biscuit and they have been snappily renamed Fox's Sunbreaks.

How readily available they are I do not know. Maybe someone else does?

Party poopers hat on -

"Fox's did do a substitute for a while - called "Sunbreaks", but they stopped making them last year."
http://www.theanswerbank.co.uk/Food-and-Drink/Question86005.html

That's me...only a year late with the news!
Title: Re: barmouth biscuits
Post by: Jane Smith on 07 August, 2019, 10:15:53 PM
I remember them well amd LOVED them, although for some reason I called them Barmouth Cookies .
My favourite thing about them was that they were
wrapped in clear cellophane in fours , which meant I could take a whole pack of four to school
Title: Re: barmouth biscuits
Post by: Janet Kersey on 05 December, 2020, 12:19:38 AM
Yes Jane you're right..definitely called Barmouth Cookies! I took them to school wrapped carefully by my mother in greaseproof paper for my morning break,  with the ubiquitous small bottle of milk. Those were the days..