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When East Meets West

Making Remarkable Connections has shaped The East India Company, transforming the world with fusion of cultures, materials and skills.

We remember and celebrate these not only in our choice of ingredients but also in our design work that transports through storytelling.

Enjoy one of our biscuits and cast your eye on the carton. You’ll see a shape that instantly takes you to India, the Taj Mahal of Agra. India and The East India Company’s history, inextricably linked.

Underneath, a beautiful Arts & Craft pattern. William Morris, the celebrated designer of this movement adored the colourful, artisan textiles of India. His designs are considered quintessentially British, but in fact he was enormously influenced by the patterns and colours of the Kashmir shawls, silks, indigo-dyed cottons and garments of South Asia.

We bring together east and west in celebration. Enjoy your biscuit!

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Cheddar Cheese Filled Biscuits 125g

Net Weight: 125g

Made by artisans, our delicate crisp biscuits are generously filled with mature cheddar cheese, traditionally aged in the caves of Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. Based on a 19th century French recipe.

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These Cheddar cheese biscuits from The East India Company are delicate, brittle baked shells with a light mature Cheddar cheese filling. Known as a gavotte, they are very fragile, the biscuits shatter in the mouth, resulting in a lovely combination of soft and crunchy textures.

The gavotte was created over a hundred years ago by mistake, like many culinary creations. Marie-Catherine Cornic was making crepes and absent mindedly left one on the stove. To ‘dispose’ of the error, she rolled it up, popped it in her mouth and found it to be delicious - light and crispy and a new discovery.

With a light but distinctive mature Cheddar cheese flavour, these delicate biscuits are first class with a glass of wine or where sophisticated nibbles are required.
Cheddar cheese is actually a 'critical ingredient' in the success of The East India Company, and one which has an even longer heritage, dating back to the 12th century, where it originated in the village of Cheddar in Somerset in southwest England. The caves of Cheddar Gorge on the edge of the village provided the ideal humidity and constant temperatures for maturing the hard cheese.

Now Samuel Pepys was a ships victualler, responsible for planning a ship's rations to ensure survival on a sea voyage, in the mid 17th century. The pioneers of the East India Company received biscuits and beer every day, meat on half of the week and on the rest, butter and Cheddar cheese.

We celebrate this important heritage, with perhaps a more delicate take on both the biscuits and the Cheddar cheese.

Ingredients

Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil & Fat (Rapeseed, Copra), Malto-Dextrin, Powdered Processed Cheddar Cheese (12%) (Milk), Emulsifying Salt: Sodium Phosphate; Cream Powder (Milk), Butterfat (Milk), Glucose Syrup, Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Yeast Extract, Natural Pepper Aroma, Emulsifier: Rapeseed Lecithin; Colours: Paprika Extract, Carotenoids; Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid


Allergens

Manufactured in a factory that handles nuts, celery, eggs and soya. Contains wheat, gluten barley and dairy products.

Nutrition

Typical values 100g – Energy 2365kj/568kcal • Fat 39.6g, of which saturates 16.8g • Carbohydrate 44.3g, of which sugars 14g • Protein 9.8g • Salt 0.8g


Storage

Store cool and dry. Avoid sunlight and strong odours.

Stories

The Biscuit - from Hardtack to Sea Salt & Caramel

Today, there is a biscuit for every occasion, and it is one of the most popular sweet snacks in the world. But biscuits had a vital role in the life of the seafaring adventurers, including the men of The East India Company, in the 17th and 18th century.

Biscuits date back much further and like much else, it was the Romans who created the ‘panis bicoctus,’ or bread twice baked, to create a food that could be stored. Richard the Lionheart took stores of ‘biskits’ on his crusade ships and in the Armada battle of 1588, each sailor had biscuits included within their diet.

It was Samuel Pepys, famous diarist but also naval administrator, who introduced victualising, the planning and rationing of food supplies at sea. Rations included "1 lb daily of good, clean, sweet, sound, well-baked and well-conditioned wheaten biscuit (plus a gallon of beer!)". Ships of The East India Company routinely received 8 months rations for their long voyages.
The ship’s biscuit was also known as hardtack, a very hard-baked substance made of wheat flour, salt and water which would survive long journeys - inedible without softening in stew or brien - the original ‘dunk’ perhaps?

We celebrate the heritage of the humble biscuit, a truly critical ingredient in the success of The East India Company. Pepys’ description as ‘sweet, sound and well-baked’ still sounds relevant today, but our artisans in British and French bakeries now elevate that to a fine art using wonderful new ingredients, like our Seville Orange Marmalade or Caramel and Sea Salt Biscuits.

Our spirit delivers no ordinary products

  • FAQ

    The Cheddar and Roquefort biscuits are very crumbly, and there are lots of bits in the bottom of the pack. Is that normal?
    Yes, this type of Breton biscuit, is a gavotte and is manufactured with a secret technique that ensures the biscuit shatters in the mouth when it is bitten. This does mean they are very fragile and there is some inevitable breakage before you get to eat it. It’s the nature of this biscuit. We enjoy the ‘bits’ at the bottom as much as the whole biscuits, but if you are not happy, let us know.

    Where are your savoury biscuits made?
    Our savoury biscuits are made by our biscuitier artisanal in Northern France.

  • Delivery & Returns

    UK Standard Delivery: £3.95
    UK Next Day Delivery (mainland UK only): £9.95 (Order before 12pm)
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