IWD biscuits or Winifred’s gingers

Happy International Women’s Day everyone! The handsome woman pictured here is my grandmother, Winifred Fowler. I have already written a little post about my gran, along with the recipe for her carrot and cress salad which is really very good indeed. Initially I had some difficulty inspiring people to help me choose a recipe with which to celebrate International Women’s Day. Then I found the answer sitting right under my nose, in the form of the recipe binder that my grandma gave to me when I was a girl.
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She included a handful of hand-written recipes to start me off, and these ginger biscuits were one of those. What better way to celebrate this day, than with a batch of crunchy, spicy biscuits from a recipe by a rather feisty grandmother?
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The recipe is beautifully transcribed, but a little vague. I mean, Mary Berry would never say to bake your biscuits ‘in a moderate oven for 15-20 minutes’. I had to read between the lines a little, so I interpreted my grandmother’s advice as follows:


Winifred’s Ginger Biscuits

4 oz unsalted butter
3 tbsp golden syrup
4 oz golden caster sugar
10 oz plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Crystallised ginger for decoration

Moderate oven (for this batch I preheated mine to 170c)

Warm the fat, sugar and syrup in a small pan then take off the heat, transfer to a mixing bowl and beat to a cream.

Add flour, ginger and bicarb and fold in, mixing to form a stiff dough. I sifted my dry ingredients, which made the biscuit dough very short and crumbly, but perhaps this is the way it should be?

Roll out on a lightly floured surface until the dough is about 3-4mm thick.

Cut into shapes and place them on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. You can arrange them quite closely because the biscuits don’t increase much in size during cooking.

Roughly chop some crystallised ginger and scatter the pieces on top of the biscuits.

Bake for 15-17 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly before transferring to a baking tray.

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About Chloe King

I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.

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3 comments on “IWD biscuits or Winifred’s gingers

  1. March 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Chloe, the biscuits are Delicious! I would strongly recommend them. Sorry the greedy babysitters ate most of them, you’ll just have to bake some more. Xx

    • March 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks Sarah, glad you enjoyed them! I will bake some more, promise. And thanks for sitting! Did you enjoy the Towner? Xxx

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