After last weeks Golden Panettone marathon this was a like a quick jog to the mail box. And my mail box is a flap in my front door. And my house is small. You get the picture. These were made as I was making the boys dinner last night. Start to finish, including washing up, in just over an hour (I may have cheated with the advised resting times...)
I made the UK version of this recipe, which had no additional egg white and slightly less flour. I used plain flour and added the recommended quantities of baking powder and baking soda. I am not a fan of Self Raising flour - I am sure it is fine, but it was one variable too far for me.
My photos are scant for this post - it came together so quickly. I have made a few gingerbread recipes and the thing they all have in common is that they melt the butter and the golden syrup together.
|Butter and golden syrup melting - scintillating, no?|
Then you add the egg - no photo of this. And mix until it all comes together. Divide into three equal parts and wrap in the ever faithful plastic wrap for 30 minutes before dividing into each third into 10 lots of 27 gram balls, except the last third gets an extra one. I swear each of Rose's recipe is a maths lesson if you wanted it to be. If you are a regular reader of this blog, or even if you read the last paragraph, you are safe in your assumption that I didn't wait the 30 minutes.
I am sure Rose and Woody have made these with and without the 30 minute standing time and there would have been a noticeable difference in those that were rested. But resting is for other people. I still have a portion of my Christmas Eve Ginger Bread dough "resting" in the fridge. Dough takes a definite chance of not meeting its full potential if it opts for a "rest" in my fridge.
|This is one third of the dough, unrested, ready to be rolled into 27 gram balls.|
The 27 gram balls are placed onto a baking tray 10 at a time by a helpful assistant, and then rearranged discreetly to ensure that those cheek by jowl are at a more socially acceptable distance of 2.5 inches. The not so perfectly round balls then rise up and crack appealingly. They are a quick bake - 5 minutes rotate and then 5 - 7 minutes to finish them off. My first batch went to the full 12 minutes are were mostly a light golden colour, then second and third batches were a darker golden colour.
The finished biscuit is a varying combination of chew and snap. The lighter the colour, the higher the ratio of chew to snap. I prefer towards the lighter end of the spectrum - more chew is better. But that may be because I am on day 5 of a juice detox and this has been the only solid food that has passed my lips. I had one bite of a light biscuit and one bite of a dark biscuit - maybe it is scientifically irresponsible to make a valid assessment on such a small sample? It makes small odds, because light or dark golden brown these are absolutely fantastic, and so easy I need to buy a biscuit barrel to give them a permanent home in my stepford-wife kitchen. Thanks Kate for sharing the recipe with Rose. Thank you Rose for bringing it to us. And I am sure that isn't five days of juice talking - see the other Alpha Bakers wax lyrical on these.
I will definitely have to make these again once my body has been restored to its business as usual status. Next time I make them I am going to add in some diced stem ginger just like my once upon a time favourites. A critical lesson learned, in addition to these fab biscuits, is that juice detoxes must run for no longer than five days and must always, but always start on a Monday.
|Everyone say "Yummy biscuit"|
|But not everyone thinks they are yummy...|
Next week is the Swedish Apricot Walnut Bread. I am heading across to the US on a business trip on Tuesday - Princeton, NJ. Hoping that I have some time to fit in a trip to a supermarket to fill up my luggage allowance with as much flour as I can. I do so love those extended trading hours, but I do struggle to find supermarkets - why are they never in shopping malls?