Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Ginger Nuts!

The weather is cold and wet, and I have a streaming cold – and what I really wanted was a cup of tea and a biscuit. But there were no biscuits in the house [I deliberately didn’t buy last week any because they cost money and they are full of calories] Furthermore Bob is not 100% either and has no appetite [‘no appetite’ is definitely a sign of him not feeling up to par]

However, Frugal Queen posted about Ginger Biscuits last month, and so I dug out her recipe.

10oz self raising flour
7 oz sugar, 
1 tbsp of bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
6 oz margarine
1 tbsp of golden syrup
Set the oven to 180°C[170°C fan oven] - place baking paper or greaseproof paper on two baking trays.
Melt marg, syrup and sugar in a pan, do not allow to boil
Add all of the dry ingredients so it combines into a very thick paste.
Use a spoon to scoop a pebble size amount of mixture and roll into a ball on your hands, it will feel very oily, it’s supposed to.
Arrange the small balls onto the two trays, press down slightly.
Place in the hot oven for approx 16 - 18 minutes
Lift the paper off the tray with the biscuits attached and leave to cool on the work surface, still attached to the baking paper.

I discovered [after I had measured and started melting the marg] that I didn’t have any syrup – so substituted honey. And I completely omitted the bicarb – due to lack of concentration!

I used my 1” scoop to portion out the mix – then rolled each lump into a ball and flattened with a fork.

Here they are on my silicon baking sheets before going into the ovenDSCF0001


Here they are cooked – and they do spread out when baked!DSCF0004


They don’t look at all like FQ’s [below]fq bix

I think the bicarb must be what gives ginger nuts their characteristic aerated tops – my biscuits are smooth and glossy! But they taste great nonetheless.

Two full tins from one batch of mix – pictured with my trusty scoop!


Ginger is good when you have reduced taste/smell due to a cold – or if you are feeling queasy and lacking in appetite. Thanks Froogs for the recipe - next time I shall try and use the correct ingredients!!


  1. Yummm... I just love gingernuts as my taste is more savoury than sweet and the ginger is certainly good for what you suggest. Love to 'dunk' them in a cuppa!
    Hope you're both feeling much better real soon.

  2. I hope that you both feel well soon :)

  3. Oh poor you, take lots of lemon and honey as well as delicious ginger biscuits!

  4. Angela,
    You have inspired me to try making gingernuts this evening (my 1 free evening in the week!) They are still in the oven so waiting to see what they taste like.
    I hope you and Bob are feeling better soon, I agree with Elizabethd on the lemon and honey but I also add crushed fresh giner to mine - I do love ginger!

  5. Hope you are both 100% very soon.
    Thanks for the recipe, I love ginger nuts but I haven't been able to find a good recipe here in Canada for a good old British ginger nut.
    And it's vegan too!!
    Jane x

  6. I love ginger-anything when I have a cold, and ginger cookies any time, day or night. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


  7. Thanks for the kind wishes - Bob has just made some some hot lemon and honey - and grated fresh root ginger into it, following E's suggestion. It is utterly splendid. Thanks for that idea!!


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