The Marie biscuit was created by the London bakery Peek Freans in 1874 to commemorate the marriage of the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrova of Russia to the Duke of Edinburgh, and is similar to Rich tea biscuits (these are typically vanilla flavoured, even though it's been known to find a hint of vanilla in Marie biscuits as well). It became popular throughout Europe, particularly in Spain, and is now produced and enjoyed world-wide.
The royal connection may explain why Marie is the most fussily patterned of biscuits, with the ornate detail typical of contemporary tasted.
Marie has a light, crisp, delicate texture with pale colour and clear smooth surface. Typically, it has a clear printing on the smooth surface which dimension is 66 mm in diameter. It's special for many tea lovers because it is also considered the best biscuit for dunking in tea. Don't worry, it goes well with coffee, too.
They are sold in various presentations, such as single-serve packs of 4–6 cookies, rolls of about 30, and boxes of a kilo or more. Since they are quite dry, they have a relatively long shelf life. Its manufacturers are many and from the countries around the globe. They even come in chocolate version and sometimes you can find it as a sugar-free treat. No matter the company that makes these biscuits, they are always very inexpensive.
Marie biscuits are frequently served to children. Babies may be served the biscuits softened in milk as their first solid food, and what more, it is highly recommended by dieticians. Not only that, but often Marie biscuits are the basis of other desserts and sweet treats.
In Spain, natillas custard is typically served with a Maria on it. In Uruguay, they are served filled with Dulce de Leche, and sprinkled with shredded coconut. In Brazil, they are soaked in milk and then stacked in layers stuffed with chocolate or vanilla flavoured custard cream to make the torta de bolacha (biscuit pie), a very popular dessert. In Ireland, they are known as Marietta and manufactured by Jacob's. In Malaysia, people use it mainly for making kek batik.
You can use Marie biscuits to make a biscuit sandwich with butter, margarine, or jam, for those of you with a sweet tooth. Enjoy in this special treat!
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