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Ginger fairings

Delicately spiced biscuits with a moreish crunch, these West Country snaps are perfect for fairs and bake sales

  • Prep: 10 mins
    Cook: 10 mins
  • Makes 16
  • Easy
  • Makes 16
  • Easy
  • Calories 136
  • Carbohydrates 21
  • Saturated Fat 3
  • Sugar 10
  • Protein 2
  • Fat 5
  • Fibre 1
  • Salt 0.6

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 136
  • Carbohydrates 21
  • Saturated Fat 3
  • Sugar 10
  • Protein 2
  • Fat 5
  • Fibre 1
  • Salt 0.6

Ingredients

  • 100g butter, diced, plus extra for the baking sheet
  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup

Tip

Fairings
Fairings is the traditional name for edible souvenirs sold at fairs throughout England. These ginger fairings became associated with Cornish fairs and are still popular in the region.

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Lightly butter 2 large baking sheets. Put the flour, ¼ tsp salt, baking powder, bicarb and spices in a food processor. Add the diced butter and whizz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Tip into a bowl and stir in the sugar.

  2. Gently warm the golden syrup in a pan, add to the mixture and stir to form a dough. Roll the dough into 16 walnut-sized balls, then arrange, at least 2cm apart, on the baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 mins until golden. Cool on the trays before transferring to a wire rack.