Cornish Fairings



Cornish Fairings are a traditional sweet and spicy ginger biscuit from Cornwall, UK

Cornish Fairings on cooling rack

These traditional Cornish Fairings are the perfect biscuit for dunking in your cup of tea. Lightly spiced, gingery biscuits that are crisp on the outside and meltingly chewy on the inside. This recipe is an adaption of one my grandmother used to make.



WHY ARE THEY CALLED CORNISH FAIRINGS?

Popular in Cornwall for well over a century, Cornish Fairings were commonly bought by men at Whitsuntide fairs to be enjoyed with their sweethearts. They became popular nationwide when a local Cornish manufacturer Furniss started selling them by mail order in 1886. They still make and sell them today!

Cornish Fairings

WHAT ARE CORNISH FAIRINGS FLAVOURED WITH?

Cornish Fairings are sweet and spicy ginger biscuits made with flour, butter and caster sugar, together with dried ginger, mixed spice and golden syrup. They sometimes also contain cinnamon. The biscuits are created by mixing the dry ingredients with the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then adding the sugar and syrup before forming the dough into biscuits.

Cornish Fairings



The dough is quite dry in order to create that crispness but you need to add enough golden syrup to form a dough.

Cornish Fairings Biscuit Dough

Walnut sized pieces can be then rolled into balls and placed on a baking sheet ready for baking in the oven.

CAN YOU FREEZE CORNISH FAIRINGS?

Cornish Fairings can be frozen although you will lose the crispness slightly. The taste is still amazing though.

Cornish Fairings


NUTRITION INFORMATION





GOLDEN SYRUP AND OAT COOKIES

A quick and easy egg free cookie recipe. These golden syrup and oat cookies are sweetened with syrup which gives them a lovely chewy texture.

Golden syrup and oat cookies

CORNISH FAIRINGS


Cornish Fairings
Biscuits, Cookies
Baking
Yield: 24

Cornish Fairings

prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins
A traditional spiced ginger biscuit from Cornwall

ingredients:

  • 225g Plain Flour
  • 2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 2 TSP Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 3 TSP Ground Ginger
  • 2 TSP Mixed Spice
  • 120g Butter, cubed
  • 120g Caster Sugar, cubed
  • 6 heaped TBSP Golden Syrup

instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c (160°fan) and line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. Sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and mixed spice into a large bowl.
  3. Rub in the cubed butter using your hands until you get fine breadcrumbs.
  4. Stir in the caster sugar and give it a good mix with a spoon.
  5. Finally, stir in the golden syrup and mix in with your hands until a dough forms. The dough needs to come together but not be too soft.
  6. Take walnut size pieces of the dough and roll them into balls and place on the baking sheets, spaced well apart.
  7. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Let  them cool slightly before removing to a cooling rack.

NOTES:

Calories and nutrition are for 1 biscuit
calories
110
fat (grams)
4.2
sat. fat (grams)
2.6
carbs (grams)
17.6
protein (grams)
1
sugar (grams)
10.1


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