Cornish Fairings

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These traditional buttery and crisp biscuits keep well in a tin for 3-4 days - if you can save them that long.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas mark 4). Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment.

  2. Melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a pan over a low heat.

    • 100g Butter (unsalted) (room temperature)
    • 100g Billington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 2 tbsp Golden syrup
  3. Sift the flour, ginger, mixed spice, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt together into a bowl, then tip in the melted butter mixture and gently stir to form a smooth dough.

    • 175g Allinson Self-Raising White Flour
    • 2 tsp Ginger (ground)
    • ½ tsp Mixed spice (ground)
    • ½ tsp Cinnamon (ground)
    • ½ tsp Bicarbonate of soda
    • Pinch Salt
  4. Place heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture on to baking sheets, about 3cm apart to allow room for them to spread. Flatten slightly with a knife.

  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool and harden on the baking tray for 10 minutes before cooling.

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  1. 5 star rating

    Needed fairings for a treacle tart recipe, as I have never heard of them googled this recipe and so easy to make and delicious. Won't be making treact tart with them, too much of a waste!!

  2. 1 star rating

    Followed recipe to the letter but the biscuits came out very thin and flat and had spread all over the baking tray despite following instructions and only using one teaspoon of mixture. Looked like unrolled brandy snaps.

  3. 5 star rating

    These are amazing ☺

  4. 5 star rating

    Make them at least once a week , family favourite.

  5. 5 star rating

    Great biscuits. But this one not same as on show. I wrote it down as they were making them. Turned out great.

  6. 5 star rating

    Made these today for the first time.....making again tomorrow as all have now been eaten !!

  7. 5 star rating

    Great recipe. just got back from Cornwall
    armed with the obligatory biscuit gifts,one of which being the Cornish fairings. I have to say this recipe replicates those beautifully if not better as they're home made.!

  8. 5 star rating


  9. 3 star rating

    Very thin Tasted and looked like a brandy snap before rolling up but tasted fine

  10. 4 star rating

    Great simple recipe!

  11. 5 star rating

    Easy to make and taste almost like the once you can buy at home (Cornwall)

  12. 5 star rating

    Just made these and my husband, after eating half a dozen said they are too small and need to be thicker. Other than hitting him around the back of the head with a saucepan, have you any ideas how I could make them a tad thicker? Thanks x

  13. 5 star rating

    Brilliant recipe. Absolutely perfect. Made exactly the amount said. Now my favourite recipe!!

  14. 4 star rating

    Tasty I am 10 .I made them with my bff my dad said best biscuts ever!!

  15. 5 star rating

    Very easy to make, took a bit longer than suggested however still not too long.
    We added some Crystallized Ginger and they were lovely and have had orders to make more.

    Great Recipe.

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