Sunday, 11 December 2016

Cornish Fairings

With a bit of German Lebkuchen spice or gingerbread spice to make it a bit like Xmas cookies. I needed something for the office tomorrow.

I got a new baking book:  British Baking - Paul Hollywood
Since I am a fan of the Great British Bakeoff, I wanted to learn what the Artisan baker Hollywood has to offer. And my many tours through Britain showed me different sweet and savoury titbits, some of them I already bake for a while now.
It is a very quick recipe without any resting time for the dough.

200 g plain flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp gingerbread spice
100 g cold unsalted butter, diced 
100 g caster sugar  
4 tbsp golden syrup
4 tbsp milk instead of 1
some candied ginger for deco

Preheat the oven 180 C 
Use a blender and add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, spices and cold butter to it. Give it a quick blitz to make fine breadcrumbs.
Pour it into a large bowl and add the sugar.
Dissolve the syrup in the milk and pour it into the bowl, with your hands make a dough ball.
Use 2 baking sheets covered with baking paper and make small dough balls and roll them and set them with space apart from each other on the baking sheet.
Cut slices from the candied ginger and press a piece of it into the middle if you like.

Bake for 10 minutes and keep an eye on them, they will brown quickly. Leave to set on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes, then cool on a wire rack.

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