It’s been a while since I’ve done any baking (as opposed to cooking), so today I felt like making some ginger biscuits – which I haven’t made since school (reminded by @ClaireMaxim1 tweet about rock cakes – something I also used to make as a child)!
The instructions from my mum (who’d forgotten about these) were:
- 8oz (225g) SR Flour
- 4oz (Hard marge e.g. Stork)
- 1 teaspoon bicarb of soda
- 1 level teaspoon ground ginger
- 4oz caster sugar
- 2 good tablespoons golden syrup
Grease baking trays. Set over 375F/Gas 5. Rub fat into flour, ginger and bicarb. Add sugar and warmed syrup. Mix well. Roll into walnut sized balls with floured hands. Place on trays with space to spread and flatten with a fork. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from trays whilst hot to cooling trays.
So – I didn’t quite have enough marge so mixed with butter, ginger may have added a tad too much, and syrup is BB 2011 – but it’s only sugar, right?! Raw mixture tasted good… I did make them the right size, but they *ahem appear to have spread a little. Well “just the one biscuit then”…
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.