Sunday, October 5, 2008

Garibaldi Biscuits

My older sister and I both remember having Garibaldi biscuits, made by Sunshine Bakery, when we were little. These biscuits, or cookies, are basically raisins or currants, sandwiched between two layers of pastry. Our father used to make something similar with leftover pie pastry, too, which are known as fly cemeteries.

When I lived in the UK, I could find these biscuits in every store and was delighted that they only cost about 70p per packet. The little bake shop down the road also had Eccles cakes, which are similar, but larger and flakier.Recently, a colleague of my sister's told her that she could find them at the Vermont Country Store, a purveyor of all things old and forgotten. I've also seen them at World Market.

I decided to make an abbreviated version using pre-made pie crust and the currants that I had found at Fresh World last week. They turned out pretty well. Perhaps a little tweaking, maybe soaking the currants before, and adding a dash of salt and more currants, but otherwise, a success.I found this picture on the interwebs, and I have no idea what it is, but it's funny!


theminx said...

I've never liked raisins, but I loved Garibaldi biscuits when I was a kid. I can still taste them, in my mind's palate. We just called them "raisin cookies" - now I know what their real name is. :)

mamacita said...

I love Garibaldi biscuits more than life itself. I have to try your recipe. Do you think the ad has something to do with the fibrous properties of the biscuits?

Pigtown-Design said...

Mama... I never thought of the ad that way! Hilarious!

Don't try my recipe... google recipes for Garibaldi biscuits, and you'll find a better one.

Cakespy said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not seen these for the longest time. I had them in my childhood and about a year ago tried to find them in the grocery store but didn't know what they were called. You don't know how awesome this is, it's like finding out the name of the actor you couldn't place in a movie. Awesome!

suburban prep said...

I loved these as a kid.
My grandfather even worked for the Sunshine Biscuit company at one time. My family loves the Sunshine products to this day.
I have ordered these from the Vermont Country Store before and I still love them.
I have a brother who lives in London so when he rtns to the US for a visit I'll have to have him bring some back for us.

Dazy said...

They were unique in that they did not contain excessive amount of sugar and fat. My grandparents and their circle of friends used to give these cookies to their kids all the time.

Anonymous said...

The Sunshine version of Garibaldi Biscuits were called "Golden Fruit".