Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gran's ginger biscuits

Hi dear favourite eldest nephew Jon. (lovely email from Jon's Aunty Liz)

Sorry I don't actually have Granny's original recipe but this one is as near as you'll get - from my ancient Dairy Cookery Book - which I had for a wedding present in 1968!!

1/2 lb Plain Flour
1 1/2 level teasp ground ginger
1/2 level teasp mixed spice
1 teasp bicarbonate of soda
2 1/2 oz butter
3 oz soft brown sugar
3 oz golden syrup
1 tablesp warm water

Put butter, sugar and syrup into pan. Stand over low heat until melted.
Sift flour, spice and ginger into bowl.
Add melted butter mixture & bicarb combined with water.
Mix well & shape into approx 24 small balls. (do you remember rolling them in your hands?)
Place on buttered baking trays (or these days a sheet of baking paper which wasn't invented in 1968!) leaving them room to spread.  (I think Granny used to slightly depress them with a fork - or maybe that was when they were cooked)
Bake in moderate oven (Gas mark 3) for 15 minutes.
Leave on trays for a couple of minutes before transferring to cooking rack.

Let me know how they turn out.....

Auntie Liz they turned out delicious!!! Here is proof in the pictures. 

Jon admiring his handy work!  We probably ate them all in two days, so of course we had to make another batch.

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