My little sister is a baker extrodinaire. Being both patient and a perfectionist means that she is able to create the most delicate treats. She has even nominated herself to make our wedding cake for us! We have just spent a perfect weekend together with her visiting me in Auckland before she takes off for a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris. We ate, drank, wandered, ate even more and then watched some Gossip Girl. What more can you ask for from a weekend and a sister? To fill the gap that she has just left, I had a dear friend over for cups of tea and finally got round to doing some baking for my X recipe. Sister inspired, one could say.
I have hummed and hawed over what to do for my X recipe for over a month now; there are Vietnamese ingredients, Chinese ingredients, but I just couldn’t find a recipe or idea I liked the look of. So I put it to facebook and got all sorts of ideas including – ginger xxxxxxes. (Prize for the most original has to go to ‘x rated recipes to spice up your sex life’).
Based on the recipe in Ladies a Plate
1 cup of flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ginger
1/2 cup of caster sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp boiling water
Icing sugar and cream for the filling
Sift together the flour, baking powder and spices. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg, followed by the honey. Fold in the sifted dry ingredients along with the baking soda -which has been dissolved in the water. Put small balls of the mixture on a tray lined with baking paper. Bake for about 10 minutes at 180°C, then remove to cooling rack.
Once they have cooled, whip some cream with icing sugar to sandwich between pairs of soft and gingery biscuits.
Banish the cold with cups of tea and baking. And perhaps a little Gossip Girl to end a beautiful weekend with my beautiful little sister. XOXO