I rely on shop bought. Both the old favourites and some imported delicacies.
I'd like to think home made were better for everyone and tasted better - but in my opinion, the don't. Certainly isn't any cheaper to make your own.
I prefer to bake my own because i think transfats, high sugar content , high salt, chemicals, are in commercial biscuits and cakes, I prefer to use a little honey and organic high quality products that i can be sure are healthier.
Also i like to make and try different recipes, taste is better and the time is well spent to.
Ooooh!!! Chocolate Digestives! Yummmmmm!!! I also LOVE these,and always treat myself to some when I see them on special!! As you say though,some biscuits are far better to make at home. I'd make my own shortbread and wrap it for gifts at Christmas time. As I mentioned in my own reply,having an egg allergy,I find that making biscuits has always been a sensible and easy thing for me to do;however,there are some which I feel are beyond MY baking skills!!! An example? Chocolate Digestives!!!!!
Yes, I like the biscuits I make much more than shop bought ones. I learnt to make biscuits from an Afghani friend. She adds cardamom and pistachio ground with a little sugar that makes them different and more tastier than other bought biscuits.
until recently, it was "Shop bought" biscuits. BUT because both Coles & Safeway are removing more & more good favourtie brands & types, I have started baking my own again out of sheer frustration. I've even improved in varieties using different essences, dried fruits and spices we now have available to us, that were unheard of in my mother & grandmother's time.
Supermarket's cost, quality, & variety are so disappointing now. I have found their own label bics unworthy - missing good flavour, awful texture, smaller sized, less in packet and more chemicals than ever before. Many varieties do not deserve their shelf space. It makes a mockery of the horrendous prices which they keep putting up.
I wanted to make a Choc. Ripple Cake last week, only to discover this wonderful biscuit has SHRUNK dramatically, to the point that it rendered my intended cake a Sweet Nibble now instead of the substantial results previously achieved.
Biscuits imported from NZ, China, SthAfrica, Yugoslavia, Chile, UK & USA are NOT what I want to buy.
I WANT AUSSIE PRODUCED BISCUITS MADE FOR AUSSIES BY AUSSIES AND FOR OUR AUSSIE PALATES.
Many imported bics are far too sweet - sickly sweet, and have some very odd additives. Why should we buy their products at the LOSS of our own? Including the LOSS of our JOBS.
We are not big biscuit eaters so I keep a packet of biscuits in the cupboard, in case we get people dropping in. I used to bake a lot, but if there is no one home to eat them, it means my husband and I have to eat them all, so I rarely bake nowadays.
I used to always make my own biscuits until our oven stopped working, a few years ago now! So yes, I'm afraid I have since had to buy them. (1 each for every afternoon tea, when we don't have a crumpet each!)