Thursday, 24 May 2012


The beautiful weather we’ve had this week has taken me back to childhood holidays on the Cornish coast with my family, so in tribute I thought I’d try out a traditional Cornish recipe. Fairings are sweet tasty biscuits, heavily spiced with a syrupy almost cookie like texture. They are perfect to nibble on in the morning sun, with a cup of tea as the world wakes up around you, so why not give them a try ready for tomorrow?

Prep time: 10 Mins
Baking time: 14 Mins
225g Plain Flour
120g Light Muscovado Sugar
2tsp Baking Powder
2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2tsp Mixed Spice
2tsp Ground Ginger
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
A pinch of salt
120g Unsalted Butter
4tbsp Golden Syrup

Right, let’s get started! Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line two large baking sheets with baking paper. In a large bowl add in all the dry ingredients and give them a mix to combine. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles damp sand. Pour in the golden syrup, then mix it in a wooden spoon. Using your hands take some of the mixture and shape into a golf ball sized spheres. Place on your large baking sheet and repeat, making sure the balls are well spaced apart. You should get about 10-12 balls out of the mixture so use both baking sheets if necessary. Place in the centre of the oven and bake for about 14 minutes, until the fairings are golden, have spread out and are cracked on top. Remove from the oven and leave on the tray for about 30 minutes, then carefully peel from the paper and leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Yum yum!

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