The Last Minute Valentine

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For a girl who doesn’t do Valentine’s Day what am I doing with a heart shaped cookie cutter? More to the point, what am I doing making Ginger Hearts? Actually, I don’t know, but I did it on a whim. Those heart shaped cookie cutters were everywhere and I just couldn’t help myself.

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But I’ve never been very good at creative decorating – you’ll not catch me making beautifully iced cakes or biscuits – I’m too impatient or perhaps just plain clumsy. So I ducked away from of any ideas of decorating and opted for my very favourite – the simple ginger biscuit.

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The ginger biscuit is my ‘go to’ biscuit, the biscuit I’ll nestle down with on the sofa along with a duvet,  hot water bottle and a good book. Forget chocolate, bring on the ginger biscuits. Actually, I generally have to ban them from the house otherwise greed will overtake me. So, you may ask, why have I gone and made a whole batch for my husband? Perhaps I was thinking about myself when I made these? Well, I have to confess, you might be right, but you are talking to the girl who was given a fishing rod by her very hopeful, fishing mad husband.

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Simple Ginger Biscuits

This recipe is perfect for young children – you don’t heat the butter and syrup, so no hot pans – just the recipe for little hands to get stuck in to.

350g (12oz) Plain Flour
1 level tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 level tsp Ground Ginger
100g (4oz) Butter, cut into small cubes
175g (6oz) Demerara Sugar
60ml (approx. 4 level tbsp.) Golden Syrup
1 x egg, lightly beaten

Grease three baking sheets. Pre-heat your oven to 190o (375oF), Gas Mark 5. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground ginger and butter into the bowl of a food processor using the flat blade. Blitz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and briefly blitz again. Pour into a large bowl. Beat the syrup into the egg and then stir into the flour mixture. Mix until it forms a stiff dough and knead until smooth. Roll out on a floured surface to about 0.5cm thick. Stamp out whatever shapes you require and bake in the oven for about 8-10 mins. Cool slightly and transfer onto a wire rack completely cool. Makes approx. 16-20 biscuits.

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Happy Valentines!

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