The Origins and Evolution of Baker’s Tennis Biscuits

Baker's Tennis Biscuits

Its Origins, Evolution, and a much loved Recipe to Savour

When it comes to classic biscuits, the rich history of Baker's Tennis Biscuits stands out among the rest. Hailing from South Africa, these coconut-flavoured, crisp treats have become not just a tea-time favourite, but also an indispensable ingredient in many global dessert recipes. Our very own Chef Mel has provided a stunning recipe which you can try out below!.

The Beginning

Baker's Tennis Biscuits began their journey in the early 20th century in South Africa, under the brand of Bakers Ltd, which was established in 1881. Their distinctive design mimics a tennis court, hence the name. The company began producing these biscuits using real coconut, butter, and syrup, which are among the main ingredients still used today. The taste was an instant hit, offering a perfect balance between sweet and crunchy.

The Evolution

While the traditional flavour of Tennis Biscuits remains much the same since their inception, the way they're used in culinary arts has evolved significantly. Initially enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee, these biscuits soon found their way into various dessert recipes, primarily because of their texture and ability to absorb moisture while retaining shape.

For decades, South African households have incorporated them into desserts. As global connectivity and culinary experimentation expanded, Tennis Biscuits started to feature in international recipes as well.

Global Dessert Sensations with Tennis Biscuits

Here are some popular recipes from around the world that have embraced the magic of Tennis Biscuits:

  1. Peppermint Crisp Tart: This is perhaps the most iconic South African dessert using Tennis Biscuits. Layers of the biscuits are alternated with a creamy filling and Peppermint Crisp chocolate bars, resulting in a refreshing and crunchy delight.
  2. Lemon Fridge Tart: Tennis Biscuits are combined with condensed milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice to create a zesty, chilled dessert, perfect for summer days.
  3. Cheesecakes: Many world-renowned chefs have started to use Tennis Biscuits as the base for their cheesecakes, preferring them over the traditional graham cracker crust, due to their unique flavour.

Baker's Tennis Biscuits, with their rich heritage and unique flavour, have traversed beyond their original, simple tea-time designation. They’ve seamlessly melded into the fabric of global culinary traditions. Whether you’re enjoying them in a traditional South African tart or in a revamped version of an Italian classic, one thing remains constant: their enduring taste and versatility.

From Chef Mel

Easy Date Truffles

You will need:

  • Pot
  • Rolling pin
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Knife and chopping board


  • 250ml Margarine
  • 250ml Sugar
  • 500g Pitted Dates
  • 2 x 200g Tennis biscuits
  • 10ml Vanilla
    Coconut to roll the balls in


  • Measure all your ingredients in separate bowls.
  • Chop up your dates coarsely .
  • Roll the Tennis biscuits fine and put in a bowl.


  1. Melt the Margarine, sugar, dates on a low heat until the sugar is melted.
  2. Take off the heat and add the Vanilla, stir well.
  3. Add your crushed biscuits and stir until everything is combined completely.
  4. Now take a 15ml measuring spoon, scoop of the lukewarm mixture and form a ball.
  5. Roll the ball in Coconut.

These date truffles can be frozen


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