This Christmas has been relaxed and easy. The warm summer days are a joy and our neighbourhood is pretty quiet as well. Most likely several are off and away on their boats making the most of the cool sea breezes: probably headed for favourite fishing spots. As their children grow older and become more independent we see and hear less of them. In previous years, lots of excited kids dashed about playing on new bikes, compared their toys and darted about in general — showing them off to all and sundry.
Anyway, keeping something on hand is a good idea particularly at this time of the year and so easy with these two simple recipes. I usually whip them up quickly and put them aside to have whenever friends drop by: it just makes life easy. There is generally enough in the freezer to cater for surprise visits and using up the leftovers, rehashing these and the sauces, is a breeze. Usually enough in the garden for salads and so on, and of course, this leaves time to spend catching up on all the latest — with little attention needed in the kitchen. Carefree summer days as they should be.............
This recipe is absolutely delicious with a cuppa.
- 1 1/2 cups boiling water
- 1 cup golden syrup
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 100g unsalted butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 1/2 cups plain flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine boiling water with golden syrup and baking soda. Leave to cool slightly.
Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Mix in the golden syrup mix and then add the sifted dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
Pour batter into a lined loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes or until cake tests cooked.
Another old favourite. Craig reminded me to throw this together yesterday. Mmmm...... delicious.
185 grams of soft butter
¾ cup of sugar
2 ¼ cups of plain flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons of ground ginger
Preheat the oven to 190degC.
In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar.
Sift the flour, baking powder and ginger together and mix into the creamed butter.
Press the crumbly mix evenly into lined 20×30cm sponge roll tin.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly brown.
Ice with the following while the base and icing are still hot:
- 75 grams of butter
- 3 tablespoons of golden syrup
- 1 cup of icing sugar
- 3 teaspoons of ground ginger
Sift the icing sugar and ginger and add to the butter and syrup stirring constantly until well combined.
Pour over the base while still hot and leave until almost cool before cutting into 24 squares.
Makes 24 pieces
Well, I'm sure you are enjoying the festive season as much as we are. We wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year...........