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Making the Best Ginger Biscuits!

Making the Best Ginger Biscuits!

Ginger is a culinary spice well-known to enhance and leave its bitter taste and aroma in whatever dish it is added to. It has a long and arduous history as a culinary spice and tonic for centuries in Asia which has grown popular in the West due to Eastern traders exporting it. Since then, it has become a must-have staple in almost all kitchens around the globe.

Although, you may be thinking about the taste and smell of ginger. It contains phenylpropanoids (gingerol and zingerone) and diarylheptanoids (gingerols and shogaols). These compounds are the main reason for the distinctive flavour ginger possesses. When it is cooked, the gingerol changes into zingerone, which, has a spicy-sweet aroma and a much less pungent flavour.

Ginger is a common ingredient when talking about meat dishes, the ginger acts as a tenderiser that helps to soften the meat. All over the West, ginger acts as a flavouring in baked treats like ginger loaves, ginger biscuits and other luxury biscuits. There are ginger-based beverages as well. But today we will focus on stem ginger biscuits and how to make them.

Ingredients

  • You’ll need 40g of fine caster sugar for the sweetening.

  • 2 and a half tablespoons of golden syrup

  • Roughly 175-180g of plain fine-flour

  • 75g of unsalted butter

  • Half a teaspoon of ground ginger

  • 40g of finely chopped stem ginger

 

Baking Guide

  1. Preheat your oven to 170°C (338 F). Keep 1tbsp of caster sugar aside. Heat the remaining sugar in a pan along with the unsalted butter and the golden syrup.

  2. Combine the dry ingredients, the flour and ground ginger in a bowl. Take the wet ingredients off the heat and add the stem ginger. Then proceed to add the wet mixture onto the dry flour mixture.

  3. Take off walnut-sized chunks of the dough; arrange in an orderly manner with the chunks apart on your non-stick baking sheets. Flatten the dough balls out a little bit. Lightly press a fork onto each of the biscuit dough balls, then drizzle over the rest of the sugar. 

  4. Bake the biscuits for about 15-20min until golden or golden brown. Take them out and rest them for a couple of minutes, then transfer them to a cooling rack.

 

Now that you’re done with the waiting part, go ahead munch on these delicious biscuits to your heart’s content.