|Well this week we have finally got round to reviewing that classic biscuit the Rich Tea, and as it's NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown's first birthday we thought we would push the boat out and do Rich Tea fingers whilst we were at it.
The Rich Tea presents us straight away with a paradox. If these are 'Rich' tea, where are 'Poor' tea biscuits and what on earth do they taste like? Well they would have to be fairly ropy old affairs because the Rich tea itself is not exactly a self contained one biscuit flavour festival. What flavour it does manage to achieve comes from the various sugars in recipe, sucrose, maltose and some glucose plus a little bit of salt. The Rich tea finger seems to have the edge over its round sibling possibly due to its smaller build giving it a slightly higher bake.
There are attempts at turning Rich Tea's into something more palatable, covering them in chocolate or sticking some sort of cream up the middle, but its all a bit hopeless really.
So what are they good for? Dunking of course. The Rich tea can drive even the stanchest anti-dunker to dunk. The Rich Tea then comes into its own, convincing you that you have done the right thing by giving the eater the reward of sloppy hot Rich tea, which is actually better than what you started with.
What else are Rich teas for? Humility. Through Rich tea biscuits we learn that not all biscuits have been blessed with a fantastic taste, and that there is space in this world for dry bland biscuits that you can dunk in tea.
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