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Fairings – Recipe

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • 100g plain flour
  • One teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice or mixed spice
  • Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 50g butter, diced
  • 50g caster sugar
  • Two tablespoons of golden syrup

You are braver than you believe and more durable than you seem, a smarter than you think.

– A.A. Milne


  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, spices and lemon rind in a mixing bowl, add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Stir in the sugar, add the syrup then mix first with a spoon then squeeze the crumbs together with your hands to form a ball.
  3. Shape the dough into a log then slice it into 12, roll each piece into a ball and arrange it on two large greased baking sheets, leaving space between for them to spread during cooking.
  4. Cook one baking sheet at a time in the centre of a preheated oven at 180oC, set the timer for 10 minutes or until the biscuit tops are cracked and golden
  5. Leave fairings to harden for 2 minutes then loosen and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, store in a sealed tin for up to 3 days.