|Alternative name(s)||Imperial biscuit, double biscuit, German biscuit, Linzer biscuit, Deutsch biscuit, Belgian biscuit|
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Region or state||Scotland|
|Main ingredient(s)||Biscuits, jam in between two biscuits. The top is covered with white water icing, usually decorated with a glace cherry|
An Empire biscuit (Imperial biscuit, Double biscuit, German biscuit or Double Shortbread) is a sweet biscuit popular in the United Kingdom, particularly Scotland, and other Commonwealth countries. It is typically considered a traditional Scottish snack.
The biscuit was originally known as the "Linzer Biscuit", and later the "Duetch Biscuit". With the outbreak of World War I it was renamed to Empire biscuit, except in Northern Ireland where it remains known as the German Biscuit. In Northern Ireland it is commonly found with a jam and coconut topping. It is also known as the "Belgian biscuit", due to being topped in a similar way to a Belgian bun made of pastry or dough. The term "Prussian biscuit" was revived in Hamishes' Hoose bar/diner Paisley Scotland where a group were discussing the merits of the biscuit during a networking event.
The typical Empire Biscuit has a layer of jam in between two biscuits, typically Shortbread. The top is covered with white water icing, usually decorated with a glace cherry in the centre. They are derived from the Austrian Linzer Torte. The biscuit is smaller than the Linzer Torte and does not have a cut-out section on the top.
- Edmonds Classics Hachette Livre, 2005. pg. 25
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