Ginger & Brandy Snap Basket….

By Simon  ,   

May 7, 2014

A Wonderful ginger & brandy basket, so versatile, ready and waiting to fill with your favourite desserts. Today in the kitchen we are making a rhubarb fool to fill our baskets with, topped with fresh mint and a dusting of icing sugar.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 6 Medium

Ingredients

50 Grams Butter

55 Grams Golden caster sugar

60 Grams Golden syrup

1/2 tsp Ground ginger

1 tsp Vanilla essence

1 tbsp Brandy

1 tsp Lemon zest

55 Grams Plain flour

Directions

Method

  1. Place the butter, caster sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan and place it over a moderate heat.  Stir it regularly with a wooden spoon until the butter and golden syrup have melted and the sugar has dissolved.  Leave it to simmer gently for a couple of minutes then remove it from the heat.
  2. Stir in the vanilla essence, ground ginger, brandy and lemon zest,and then gradually mix in the flour until well incorporated.  Set the mixture aside for 15 minutes to cool and become firmer.
  3. Preheat an oven to 180°C.  Place large spoonfuls of the mixture onto a non stick or well butter biscuit tray so that you have at least 6, allow plenty of room between each one as they will spread out. With lightly buttered fingers spread the mixture into circles around 5 cm wide. Place the tray in a preheated oven and leave them to cook for 10-15 minutes.  Check them regularly as they will easily burn. The brandy snaps are ready when they have spread out and are a rich, golden brown.  Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for 1 minute.
  4. Place 6 dariole, ramekins or small teacups upside down on a work surface.  Carefully remove the brandy snaps from the tray (they should be pliable.  If they aren't return them to the oven for a few minutes), place them on the upturned dariole, ramekin or cup and mould them around it to shape as a basket.  Set them aside to harden.
  5. When they are set remove them from the mould and store them in a air tight container until ready to use.

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