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
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.
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.
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.