- 350g plain flour
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…
- 175g light muscovado sugar
- 100g butter, chopped
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 8 pieces of stem ginger, chopped (not too finely), plus thin slices, to decorate (optional)
- 1 large egg
The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
Golden syrup is a clear, sparkling, golden-amber coloured, sweet…
- 200g bar dark chocolate, chopped
Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…
Mix the flour, ground ginger, bicarbonate of soda, 1/2 tsp salt and sugar in a bowl, then rub in the butter to make crumbs. Stir in the chopped stem ginger.
Beat together the egg and syrup, pour into the dry ingredients and stir, then knead with your hands to make a dough. Cut the dough in half and shape each piece into a thick sausage about 6cm across, making sure that the ends are straight. Wrap in cling film and chill for 20 mins. You can now freeze all or part of the dough for 2 months.
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Thickly slice each sausage into 12 and put the slices on the baking sheets, spacing them well apart and reshaping any, if necessary, to make rounds. Bake for 12 mins, then leave to cool for a few mins to harden before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure that the water isn’t touching the bottom of the bowl. Dip half of each cookie into the chocolate – you may need to spoon it over when you get to the final few. Decorate with a slice of ginger, if you like, and leave to set. Will keep for 1 week in an airtight container.
To freezeYou can freeze half the dough once you've shaped it, then thaw, slice and bake on another occasion.
Classic variationsIf you prefer classic ginger nuts, shape the dough to make smaller biscuits and leave out the stem ginger and chocolate.