February 4, 2013

recipe :: ginger snaps

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A cup of tea is always infinitely improved by having a biscuit to dunk into it. Some of the best biscuits for the job are the classic, old-school ones such as digestives or ginger nuts (also known as ginger snaps). Whilst nothing could be easier than slinging a packet of these in the shopping trolley, making them from scratch is actually deceptively quick and easy, and the finished product is infinitely more delicious than its mass-produced counterpart. For some reason, there is something particularly satisfying about baking a home-made version of a shop-bought biscuit. I get immense pleasure from the fact that the cracked, golden surface of a homemade ginger snap really does resemble the packet version. Nigella Lawson describes it as “reproducing artifice by more natural means” in her (quite marvellous) recipe for homemade custard creams.

This recipe comes from my lovely mother-in-law. When I first made them, I couldn’t believe how simple they were: take a bowl of dry ingredients, add a pan of melted ingredients, combine, shape into balls and bake. The work of about half an hour. Needless to say, they are now a regular fixture in my kitchen.

Bake a batch, make a pot of tea and enter biscuit-dunking nirvana…

Ginger Snaps

300g plain flour

225g sugar

1 tsp bicarb

1.5 tsp baking power

2 tsp ground ginger

170g butter

1 tbsp golden syrup

2 tbsp milk

 

Heat oven to 160c/ 325f/ gas 3

Generously grease two large baking trays.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Melt the butter and golden syrup over a low heat (do not boil.)

Pour the melted ingredients into the dry ingredients, add the milk and mix thoroughly.

Form into small balls using your hands and place on the baking trays, ensuring that they are well spaced.

Cook for 15 minutes. The biscuits should be golden brown with a cracked surface. Cool on the trays until crisp.

10 thoughts on “recipe :: ginger snaps

  1. Helen

    I ate a huuuuuge amount of ginger biscuits when pregnant, and thought I’d put myself off them for life – but these look really good! Tomorrow afternoon may now be biscuit-filled…

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  2. Truly Myrtle

    Yum yum! I make Ginger Nuts and I think my recipe is very similar. I’ll check. If not, I’m definitely trying yours – baking without eggs is great … I always run out of eggs!

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  3. Kyla

    I’ve just baked these are they are scrumptious, really yummy and very authentic. I’m hoping to have a stall at a vintage fair selling homemade biscuits like custard creams and bourbon biscuits. These will definitely be on my stall now too! Thank you!

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