100g butter, at room temperature
100g coconut sugar
1 heaped tsp ground ginger powder
Pinch of sea salt
50g of crystallized ginger, grated
1 egg yolk
A little water
Beat together the butter and the sugar in a large bowl. Mix in the flour, together with the ground ginger powder and sea salt. Grate the crystallized ginger and add to the mix. Separate the egg yolk from the egg white. (You can save the egg white in the fridge and use it for something else later, such as an addition to an omelette, for example). Use the egg yolk to combine the ingredients in your mixing bowl and, if the mixture is still too dry and not quite coming together, add a little drop of water.
Knead the cookie dough mixture and then turn out onto a floured work surface. Rolling pin at the ready, roll out your dough into a smooth, flat surface and cut out shapes with your cookie cutters (I don't know why but star shapes work best with ginger biscuits!)
Place them in the oven, at 170 degrees celsius, for 8 - 10 minutes and keep checking on them as they can burn quite easily.
The addition of the egg yolk serves to combine your ingredients and transform the mixture into a soft, pliable dough that is easy to roll. But, don't worry if you don't have an egg, as a little extra water will do the same trick. The use of grated crystallized ginger, alongside the ground ginger powder, means you can find tiny pieces of ginger in your biscuit which adds to the all-out ginger flavour experience!
You need to keep a watchful eye on your little biscuits as they can crisp up quite quickly if you leave them in the oven even just a minute too long. As you can see from the photo, this happened to me when I got temporarily distracted by the arrival of a trailer load of soil which was being reversed into the garden to infill one of the flower beds. But look, that's just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes! I was on guard for the second batch that went into the oven though, so all's well that ends well.
Enjoy these biscuits with a nice cup of tea. 'Ah you will have a cup! Ah go on, go on, go on, go on......!'
Ingredients from The Good Crop Company:
Maldon Sea Salt
Organic Ground Ginger Powder
Organic Crystallized Ginger
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