This is one of my all time favourite recipes, and it's always been hugely popular in our family (even the cat used to try to nick them!).They're also really cheap to make, and they get even better after a few days, when they start to go all gooey in the middle, if they last that long! I always add a bit more golden syrup than is called for, but that's just from years of varying the recipe and figuring out what works best for me! When I'm at home, I make these in my mum's old Kenwood Chef mixer, but using a wooden spoon or your hands works just as well.
- ½ cup butter or margarine
- 3 tablespoons golden syrup
- 3 cups self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- Melt margarine with golden syrup over low heat. Cool. (Try not to do this in the microwave, it causes the texture to change, and it isn't always pleasant!)
- Sift flour, bicarb and ginger, and add sugar.
- Beat the egg and stir it into the cool syrup mixture (If it's too hot, the egg will cook before making it into the dough).
- Add to the dry ingredients and mix together well.
- Roll into balls and place on a greased slide. Cook at 180oC for 20 minutes.