This is my first bake along since my friend Lucia from Crochet, Knit and moretold me about it. We share a lot of common interests and when she told me about this I knew I had to be part of it. And it’s funny because around the time she told me, I was already thinking on looking for some baking lessons or courses to improve my baking skills. I’ll tell you more about it on other posts in the future.
The fantastic bake along is hosted monthly by Tracy from Its a sweet day. Since I follow her almost 2 or 3 months ago, the recipes look yummy but I haven’t had the time to make them. And this week I was a bit busy that only today I could give them a shot.
The recipe for this month was given by Rebecca@Twinklehook. She had chosen to make the Ginger Snaps by Mary Berry who is a judge on “The Great British bake off”. Now, I know the show but I only watch it when I’m in London which is like once a year maybe (because I tag along with my husband’s business trips). Anyways, my friend Lucia also told me “It’s Mary Berry! ” like I’m suppose to know her, but she is surrounded by British so to her its a well known name, so it was funny because for me it was like hearing any other name, so I googled her and then I remembered seeing her on the show the 3 times I’ve watched it.
But without more storytelling here is the recipe I followed.
Mary Berry’s Ginger Snaps
- 60g butter plus extra for greasing
- 90g golden syrup
- 125g self raising flour
- 2tsp ground ginger
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp bicarb soda
- 1tbsp caster sugar
- Grease baking trays
- Combine butter, golden syrup in a small sauce pan and heat until melted. Leave to cool slightly.
- Sift flour, spices and bicarb into bowl. Stir in sugar, add the cooled syrup mix and stir to make a soft but not sticky dough.
- Roll dough into balls of the size of walnuts and Place well apart on baking tray, flatten the balls slightly.
- Bake in preheated oven 190 degrees for about 15 minutes.
I was happy as none of the ingredients were complicated and I already had most of them at home except for the golden syrup which is one I have never heard before. So I went shopping and looked for it but only found other kinds of syrups so I took the one that looked golden (silly me but I’m very practical so when I don’t find something I substitute it for what I think will work in a similar way) I used Agave syrup which it’s also supposed to be healthy so there, these are healthy cookies so no guilt while eating them.
The steps to make the cookies were easy to follow and I only got confused on the temperature of the oven since it said degrees and being used to American terminology I assumed it was Fahrenheit but Lucia again got me out of my doubts and told me Britain also uses Celsius. You see, always learning… Love it!
Now with the right temperature the 2nd batch of cookies turned out amazing: crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. They taste like Christmas which is perfect, cause you know, I love everything Christmas. The house smelled lovely while they were in the oven. It gave a nice atmosphere inside for a cold winter day.
I’m gonna make them again for sure and will be added to my recipe book where I’m saving and collecting all the yummy recipes I’m learning during my wife and mom years to pass on to my children some day.
For now, I’ll grab another cookie, drink a sip of my tea and crochet while binge watching Friends on Netflix.