Gingerbread Bites

7/ard, crunchy biscuits , Ginger-bread Bites are ideal for coffee or tea snacks and for hungry children. They are, in fact, quick and easy enough the children themselves to make – under supervision!

24 BISCUITS

3 oz. plus

1 teaspoon butter

12 oz. flour

1 tablespoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

4 tablespoons chopped candied peel

4 oz. soft brown sugar

4 fl. oz. dark treacle

1 tablespoon milk

Preheat the oven to warm 325 °F (Gas Mark 3, 170°C).

Lightly grease 2 medium-sized baking sheets with the teaspoon of butter. Set aside.

Sift the flour, ginger and soda into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir in the peel and the sugar.

In a small saucepan, melt the treacle and remaining butter over low heat. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the butter mixture into the mixing bowl. Add the milk. With a wooden spoon, draw the flour mixture into the butter, then knead the dough with your hands until it is smooth. Break off small pieces of the dough and roll into smooth balls 1 to 1 ½ inches across. Place the balls on the baking sheet and flatten them a little with the palm of your hand.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the biscuits for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they are dark brown around the edges. Remove the biscuits from the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool. When the biscuits are cold, store them in an airtight tin.

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