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Spicy Festive Biscuits


I love anything sweet at this time of year. Come to think of it, I love sweet things anytime of the year!

bar Spicy Festive Biscuits
These are great for dunking into tea and coffee and the added spice blend of ginger and cinnamon gives them a spicy kick to compliment their sweetness.

Picture by Werner Van Peppen

Makes approximately 15 biscuits

150g butter
60g caster sugar or dark brown sugar
60g golden syrup
360g plain flour or maida
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
50g raisins and sultanas


Heat the oven to 180C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
Melt the butter with the sugar and the golden syrup. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl. Add the melted butter and sugar mixture and mix together. Tip in the raisins and sultanas.
Knead the mixture for a few seconds until it comes together, adding a teaspoon or so of water if necessary, taking care to keep the dough soft but not sticky. Flatten the dough into a round about 2cm thick, wrap with cling film, and leave to chill for 30 minutes.
Dust a work surface with flour and roll out the dough to about 0.5cm thickness. Stamp out shapes using a Christmassy shaped cutter or regular round ones approximately 6-7cm in diameter.
With a flat spatula, put each shape onto the baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on the baking tray. Store in an airtight container.


(c) 2012

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