Skibo Castle Ginger Crunch

Skibo Castle Ginger Crunch

  

December 2, 2011

from Gourmet, December 1999

  • Makes: Makes about 64 pieces.

Ingredients

Shortbread base

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup cold butter, cut into pieces

Topping

1/3 cup butter

1 Tbsp. Lyle's or Roger's Golden Syrup (British cane sugar syrup)

1 cup icing sugar

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Directions

1Preheat oven to 350°F and butter a 9x13" metal baking pan.

2In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger and salt and blend in the butter, working it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Press evenly into the bottom of the pan (it will be thin) and bake until golden and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes.

3Just before the shortbread is done, melt the butter in a small saucepan and whisk in the golden syrup, icing sugar, ginger and vanilla. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 seconds.

4Remove shortbread from oven and pour topping over, tilting pan and using a spatula to cover it evenly. Cool in the pan, then cut into small rectangles or break into shards.

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