One of my favourite types of biscuit and the foundation of the chocolate biscuit pudding, I'd always thought that they were a local biscuit, probably invented by Maliban.
Apparently they were created by an English bakery Peek Freans in London in 1874 to commemorate the marriage of the Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Who would have thought that this simple biscuit had such a great pedigree?
Anyway, chocolate biscuit pudding is supposed to be a genuine, authentic, Ceylonese pudding. We may have got the biscuit from overseas but what we did with it was our own. I wonder who invented it?
Whoever it was, they, and the pudding are something that we can be justly proud.