The festive season is in full swing at my place. Been trying out various Christmas recipes this week and I am so excited to share them with you. I do hope you have been enjoying the 'Best of RR' ~ Christmas Series. If yes, do come back daily to check for more recipes. The recipes that I post in this series have been tried and tested and loved by thousands of readers across the globe and they are perfect for the season too so you can confidently give them a try :) In this series I will post recipes that are part of the traditional Mangalorean 'Kuswar' platter (Kuswar is a collective term given to homemade Christmas goodies that include sweets and savouries) and also Christmas favourites that I've been making over the years and lots of contemporary ones which I have recently discovered. So do come back daily for more recipes won't you?
Gingernuts ~ Ginger Biscuits
So now, let's get back to today's recipe. Gingernuts are biscuits that are flavoured with dry ginger powder and are very delicious. Despite the fact that I am not such a biscuit fan I loved these. The golden syrup lends a nice caramel taste to them and the ginger (although I was hesitant about the amount of ginger powder to be added) gave this amazing flavour to them. I loved them! Hope you like them too!
Prep time: 20 mins | Baking time: 15-18 minutes | Yield 30 medium sized biscuites/cookies
- 350 grams all purpose flour (maida)
- 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 200 grams caster sugar
- 1 tablespoon dry ginger powder * see notes
- 125 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 75 grams golden syrup
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Line 2-3 large baking sheets with baking parchment
2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and pinch of salt into a bowl.
3. Melt the butter and golden syrup together in a saucepan (or you can microwave it in a microwave safe bowl). Cool slightly and pour into the sifted ingredients.
4. Beat the egg and orange zest together and pour this mixture into the flour mixture.
5. Using your fingers mix everything together and form into a dough. The dough will be slightly crumbly but its okay.
6. Divide the dough into 30 even sized balls (weigh the dough and divide it into 3 parts and then further divide each part into 10 balls - use a weight scale for accurately sized balls)
7. Lightly flatten the dough balls and place them well apart on the baking sheets and bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden
8. Remove and transfer the biscuits carefully onto a wire rack. Allow to allow to cool completely before transferring into an airtight container.
Do not reduce the ginger powder as it does give a nice aroma and flavour to the biscuits even though you may feel it is too strong initially.
For an egg less version you may increase the butter by a tablespoon and skip the egg. Reduce the baking time by a minute.
Golden syrup is added to cookies usually as it provides the moisture and sweetness to them. If you don't have golden syrup you can substitute it with two parts corn syrup and one part molasses. A quick Google search will help you with making golden syrup at home but I guess you will require corn syrup.