GINGERNUT ICE-CREAM SANDWICHES
Makes about 24
225g (1½ cups) plain flour
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground allspice
½ tsp ground cinnamon
125g salted butter
100g (½ cup) soft brown sugar
175g (½ cup) golden syrup
1 tsp finely grated ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 egg, beaten
Vanilla ice-cream, to serve Caramel sauce
220g (1 cup) caster sugar
125ml (½ cup) thick (double) cream 25g butter
2 tbsp orange juice (or bourbon if
catering for adults)
1 First, make gingernuts. Sift flour, ground ginger, allspice and cinnamon into a mixing bowl. In a small heavy-based saucepan over low-medium heat, melt butter, sugar, syrup and grated ginger until it bubbles; remove from heat and sprinkle in bicarb of soda. Pour foamy liquid into dry ingredients and stir, adding egg to bind. When dough is smooth, cool to room temperature.
2 Preheat oven to 200˚C (180˚C fan).
Line two baking trays with baking paper.
3 Take teaspoonfuls of dough and roll into balls; space evenly on trays. Bake each batch for 8-10 mins or until dark goldenbrown. Remove and cool on wire rack.
4 Place sugar in heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Heat until melted and deep caramel in colour; pour in cream and keep stirring. When smooth, add butter and juice. Cool; pour into jar and refrigerate.
5 To serve, squish a good scoop of ice-cream on a gingernut and drizzle with caramel sauce before applying its gingernut lid.