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Cornish Fairings

05 Dec 2016

 

 

Cornish Fairings are sweet and spicy ginger biscuits. Fairings is the traditional name for edible souvenirs sold at fairs throughout England. These ginger fairings became associated with Cornish fairs in Victorian times and are still popular in the region.

 

Ingredients:

115g butter
1 tbsp golden syrup
170g self-raising flour
85g caster sugar
1 tsp ground ginger, or more, depending on taste
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

 

Method:

Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5 and line two baking trays with non-stick greaseproof paper.

 

Melt the butter and syrup in a saucepan over a low heat until dissolved. Add the flour, sugar, ginger and bicarbonate of soda and give it a good mix with a wooden spoon. Leave the mixture to cool for a few minutes.

 

Using your hands, form handfuls of the warm mixture into balls about 4cm across; this quantity should make about 15 biscuits.

 

Place the balls on the lined trays, making sure that there’s about a 5cm gap between each, as they spread in the oven.

 

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the dough has spread into cracked looking biscuits. If you like your biscuits with a bit of ‘chew’ (more cookie-like) then take them out when only the sides are brown.  Leave them on the baking tray for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Out of season in Mevagissey

01 Dec 2016

We have just spent a glorious week in Mevagissey.  Although some may view it as the “off” season, or an extra break in those not so tempting “shoulder months”, we can only recommend experiencing Cornwall’s south coast at this time of year.

 

The sheltered beaches of The Roseland are still there, and every bit as tempting as in high summer – long stretches of golden sand set against clear blue skies – just without the traditional holiday makers!

 

Most of the cafes and restaurants remain open – this was a chance for another exceptional meal at the local Salamander restaurant on Tregoney Hill – in fact we wouldn’t have got a table without a reservation, and at Sam’s On The Beach at nearby Polkerris.  Most of the visitor attractions still welcome tourists – the shops at Tregothnan (the only English tea estate) and St Austell Brewery were spot on for some unique Christmas shopping.

 

Of course, the twin harbour retains its distinctive atmosphere whatever the season, and it was interesting to see several photographers armed with tripods, hoping to catch the perfect shot of the iconic lighthouse.

 

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