Sunday, 27 January 2013

Ginger Biscuits

With about -15C outside, I decided we need something to "warm us up" :-) In other words, the cold weather served as a handy excuse to make ginger biscuits. Whereas I'm not entirely sure about their warming up properties, the flavour is definitely to die for!
They're amazingly easy and quick to prepare (it didn't take me longer than an hour to make a solid bunch of I guess around 150 biscuits). They've been miraculously disappearing from the plate at a stunning speed now :-)


2 cups plain, all purpose flour
3-4 heaped tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cloves (or 5 whole cloves crashed in pestle and mortar)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
170 g soft butter or margarine
1 egg
1 cup caster sugar
4 tbsp honey
1 pack of vanilla sugar (or a few drops of vanilla extract)

In a bowl mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt. In anther bowl mix butter with a food mixer until it's fluffy, then gradually add sugar and keep mixing. When it's smooth and fluffy add vanilla sugar and the egg, mix till smooth, then gradually start adding flour mixed with spices, and honey. You should get a really soft, but not sticky, dough. Cover the bowl with cling film and put into the fridge for 30 minutes to make it easier to roll and cut. If after taking out of the fridge the dough is sticky add a bit more flour. Roll the dough flat onto a floured surface - it should be about 0.5 cm think, and cut out shapes. Place the biscuits onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for about 8-10 minutes in an oven pre-heated to 170C. Cool on the rack for a few minutes and enjoy!!! I personally believe that they're best dipped in tea. :-)

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