OMG I am totally gushing, Merry Christmas everyone! Look see I brought presents, and cake, and cookies and… wait… it isn’t Christmas yet?
Bu… but… I don’t understand… I went into Myer the other day and they had huge Christmas trees up. I saw them! All beautiful, big and dripping with decorations like wet leaves on a dewy morning (yes, Christmas has a tendency to bring out my awesome poetic skills ;)). I mean, HOW CAN YOU SAY IT IS NOT CHRISTMAS. They already had the presents wrapped and sitting under the trees…
Oh… but the candy canes? And the delicious mince pies in every bakery… oh ok I understand. I thought Christmas came early this year…
Aaah, David Jones, Myer, what are we supposed to do with you! You think you create early holiday cheer with those decorations and freshly wrapped presents? I think you just lessen the building excitement for the holiday year by allowing toddlers think Santa is way ahead of his schedule!
I can remember back in the good ol’ days when I had not reached double digits that you, and major shopping complexes in general did not start decorating till November. When it was a little bit normal
First, the wreaths and gorgeous, thick holly decorations would go up on the ceilings of the stores. Merchandise would start coming out, but in small spurts, so that every time a starry-eyed kid like me visited your store, there would always be a new decoration or tree or train set up I could occupy my time with while mummy shopped.
Then close to and in early December, the big guns came out. Thick, lush trees decorated, angels hanging from the main quarters of the department store, Santas jiggling grinning babies on their laps and elves casually walking around with iPods in their ears! It was pure magic even in the Australian heat, where the thought of leggings had you sweating! Those huge electronic stores would have TVs showing old Christmas movies and reruns and the atmosphere was simply vibrating with the desire for the holidays to come sooner!
Then Christmas would come in a sudden flurry of activity, with fresh turkeys available, all the fixings for an incredible Christmas feast (which while I have not had, I know many who did), last minute shopping from the ‘Santas’ finally off work! Christmas Eve would pass as would the day in laziness, family and friends and then the giant Boxing Day sales would arrive.
These days, where I am quite a well acquainted double digit, the major department stores already are set up like it is Christmas Eve. Giant boxes of cookies, candy and Christmas goodies are up and running, and not only that, but they are on sale! Before even November has come…
While we can thank our lucky stars that the shopping complex I go to hasn’t decorated its ceilings yet, I can only wonder how much time they have left yet October has just begun..
Today I played their game and made some cookies which epitomise the season of Christmas. They are spicy, filled with that sexy ginger flavour mingling with allspice. Soft, chewy and with a very delicious aftertaste, you will be hardpressed to stop at one
Gingernuts (Also known as Ginger Snaps or Ginger Biscuits) – Eggless
Source: Mastering The Art Of Baking
Makes: 35 (I made much larger cookies)
- 300g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp bi-carb soda
- 1 tbs ground ginger – I could not find it so used 1 tbs finely grated ginger
- 1 tsp allspice – I used 2 1/2 for a more pronounced flavour
- 220g light brown sugar, firmly packed
- 125g unsalted butter, chilled, chopped
- 1/4 cup boiling water
- 1 tbs golden syrup – I used 2 by mistake but it worked better for me
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line two large baking trays with non-stick baking paper
- Sift the flour, baking soda and allspice into a large bowl.
- Stir in the sugar and ginger.
- Add the butter and rub in using your fingertips until the mixture is fine and crumbly
- Combine the boiling water and golden syrup and stir well.
- Add to the flour mixture and use a flat-bladed knife (I used a spatula) to mix into a soft dough – Warning, dough tastes ridiculously delicious!
- Roll 2 tsp of mixture into a ball (you may need to slightly knead the mixture in your palm first to form a ball) and place on a lined tray. Repeat with the remaining mixture, leaving 5cm between each ball to allow for spreading
- Use the base of the glass to flatten them slightly
- Bake for 15 minutes, swapping the trays (turning them around) halfway through cooking (not necessary if fan forced oven) or until golden and cooked through
- Leave on the trays for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely
I seem to be all ready to leave these out with some milk for dear Santa because he should be coming any day right?