One thing my coeliac sufferer of a husband misses in a biscuit is ginger nuts. Those rock hard but ever so dunkable ginger biscuits. I’m not sure how I got onto this recipe but it is seriously divine even after I made it into a gluten free recipe. It is from the delightful River Cottage website originally. According to Hugh’s site, Cornish Fairings were traditionally sold at Cornish fairs.
First assemble your ingredients.
You will notice if you look carefully that I seem to have two containers of cinnamon in there. I discovered it before I put extra cinnamon in instead of ginger!
4oz GF plain flour. I used Bobs Mill 1 for 1 .
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb soda (Recipe originally said 1 teaspoon but it was too much the first time I made these)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
2 oz brown sugar
2 oz butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Mix the flour, baking powder,bicarbonate of soda and spices in a large bowl. Rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs, then add the sugar.
Next add the golden syrup and mix together, using your hands as its easier, until its a smooth paste.
Roll into balls about walnut size and place on a baking sheet.
Cook for 15 minutes at 180c until biscuits have cracked on top. Then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Hugh’s recipe said to first cook them for 15 minutes at 180c then lower temp to 150c and bake a further 5 minutes. I did this the first time I made these and they burnt! I’ve changed the recipe to suit my oven but I believe its best for everyone to learn where food cooks best and at what temperature their ovens work best at.
Jason loves these. They are very similar to a gingernut, but I think they taste a lot like those glorious dutch biscuits Speculaas. Bobs Mill 1 for 1 flour is brilliant as it already has the xantham gum added so you can just measure it out like your normal flour for any recipe. You can’t imagine how happy I was when I found this in Solomons Merchants grocery store this morning.
However you make these glorious little biscuits, enjoy them with something you can dunk them in 😀