Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Faff-Free Cook Cooking with Jackie Johnson – Cornish Fairings

My motto has always been ‘never trust a skinny cook!' I do like to share recipes that I know work for me. They are not necessarily of my invention – but I will always give you the origin and maybe the story behind them! These recipes are relatively easy to make – hence the title, Faff-Free Cooking.

So, today’s treat is ….... Cornish Fairings


50g butter
50g caster sugar
125g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
4 tbsp golden syrup
1 good tsp ground ginger
1 good tsp mixed spice


  1. Preheat oven to 200C/Gas 6. Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and mixed spice into a large bowl and stir in the caster sugar. 
  2. With your fingers rub in butter or margarine until the mixture is like breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the golden syrup and bring the mixture together to form soft dough.

  1. Divide the dough into 12 pieces and with floured hands, roll each of the pieces into a ball and place them on a baking sheet covered with baking parchment or greaseproof paper.

  1. Bake at 200C/Gas 6 for 8 mins until nutty brown and cracked on the surface.

  1. Leave them on the baking tray to firm up for a few mins and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.


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