Shrewsbury Biscuits are classic buttery English cookies; which by the way are extremely popular in India too. The British left behind, in India, more than just the English language it seems.
These biscuits and I share a History. I had them for the first time during my post-grad studies in Pune, India. Pune and my dingy hostel is where I learnt a few lessons in life that I hold so dear even today. Pune is also the very same place where my then-boyfriend, now-husband used to work. Two years flew by. For a girl who lived under the umbrella of parent’s protection even during my grad-school, Pune was my first whiff of Independence. And you all know how addictive that can get! Anyway, soon the day came when I had to return home. My friends and Nachiket came to drop me off at the bus station to bid farewell. We were all to get back to reality and new found jobs.
When it was time for me to board the bus, I began to quiver and streams of salty water flowed down my cheeks 😀 I did not want to leave the city which taught me ways of independence and self-sufficiency and of course my boy-friend (who I did know when I would meet next and if my parents would ever give their nod of approval for the change of status to husband). Nachiket handed me two huge packets of Shrewsbury Biscuits. I wept, I ate. I wept, I ate… all through the journey until I reached home! 😀
So, it was a pleasure recreating this biscuit/cookie at home. I not only laughed through the nostalgia but also was able to replicate exactly the best I have eaten.
The classic English recipe (which apparently dates back to the 1760’s) for Shrewsbury biscuits calls for the zest of a lemon to be added (Although the one available in Pune does not have it, I think). But my dear husband had a boring palate which is why I have skipped it. Go ahead and add it in to zing up your batch of Shrewsbury Biscuits.
PS: They are perfect for your tea time and perfect gift for a friend (May be, If you manage to not eat them all! :P)
Here’s the recipe for,