These biscuits make me feel a bit Blind Date-y. The reason being that had I been on the show, and if Cilla were to have got the chap behind the screen to ask “If you were a kind of food what would it be”, my carefully rehearsed response would have been something along the lines of: “A Hot Ginger Biscuit… irresistable, very tasty, hot and spicy too.. *wink*” Now. I’m not proud of that answer, nor that I practice what I might have said on a now defunct show, but please, don’t let that distract from these biscuits…
*150g unsalted butter *100g light muscovado sugar *3-4 tbsp golden syrup *350g plain flour *1 tsp bicarbonate soda *1 tsp cinnamon *2 heaped tsp ground ginger *pinch of cayenne pepper *2 balls of stem ginger, roughly chopped *pinch of salt
1. Preheat the oven to 200OC/180oC fan/ Gas Mark 6. Grease a large baking tray and set aside.
2. In a pan melt the sugar, golden syrup and butter until it’s golden brown and gloopy.
3. Sieve and mix the flour, bicarb, spices and a pinch of salt in the bowl.
4. Add the golden butter mix to the bowl and add the chopped ginger. Form it to make a stiff and slightly sticky dough.
5. Roll out on a lightly floured surface and use a mix of cookie-cutters to press out shapes.
6. Bake for about 12 minutes and pop on a baking tray. They taste great whilst still hot and chewy.
I found this dough hard to keep from getting a bit crumbly but it ended up tasting rather jolly. Really warming and chewy in places I would love to share one day with Cilla: I’m sure she adores all things ginger!
p.s. if you were a kind of food what would you be? Answers in the comments please. Ruder the better, thank you.