We’re off to the in-laws today as they’re giving us a lift to Heathrow tomorrow morning for our flight to Morocco! As a thank you, I thought I’d make them some biscuits – but nothing that would take too long as I had to pack too! I had a search through my recipe books and through the cupboards to see what we had in, and decided on Cornish Fairings from the GBBO Great British Book of Baking.
- 100g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp ground mixed spice (they suggest ½ tsp – I definitely prefer more oomph!)
- 40g castor sugar
- 50g butter, chilled and diced
- 1.5 tblsp mixed peel, finely chopped
- 3 tblsp golden syrup (level not rounded), gently warmed
- Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/GM5.
- Cover 2 baking trays with baking parchment.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarb, mixed spice and sugar in a mixing bowl.
- Add the butter and rub into the flour mixture, using the tips of your fingers, until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Mix in the peel, followed by the syrup, to make a dough.
- Using your hands, roll the mixture into 18 marble-sized balls.
- Set them on the baking trays, spacing them well apart to allow for spreading.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven for 7-8 minutes, turning the trays half-way through baking to help the biscuits to bake evenly.
- Leave to cool on the trays for a minute until firm, then lift on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight tin.
I actually ended up making two batches of these. The first batch was very sticky when it came together as a dough: the instructions in the GBBO book suggested that it should be a firm dough. I assumed that I had added too much golden syrup so added a bit more flour and sugar to firm up the dough. However, the biscuits didn’t spread as much as expected and were more cookie-like than I imagined they should be, although they tasted good.
Batch 2, I just accepted that it would be a sticky dough and went ahead with the bake. These spread a bit more and had more of a crunch once cool – although they still don’t look quite like those in the book’s photo.