Ginger Nuts. Mrs. Beckie Smith. Recipe

History and Fun Facts about Ginger Nuts:

Ginger nuts are a popular type of biscuit, known for their warm and spicy flavor. This recipe has been passed down through generations, with families enjoying these delicious treats during holidays, tea time, or simply as a snack. The origins of ginger nuts can be traced back to England, where ginger had been used for centuries in both sweet and savory dishes.

Ginger nuts are believed to have gained popularity during the 19th century. They were a favorite among sailors, who found that the ginger helped to combat seasickness. These biscuits were also well-loved by soldiers due to their long shelf life, making them the perfect accompaniment for long journeys and military rations.

Over time, ginger nuts became a staple in many households, particularly in the UK and Australia. They are loved for their crunchy texture and intense ginger flavor. In fact, the name "ginger nuts" comes from the hardness of the biscuits, as they are meant to be eaten by dunking them into a hot beverage to soften them.

Recipe for Ginger Nuts:

- 2 cups molasses
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup shortening (butter or margarine can be used as a substitute)
- 1 tablespoonful soda
- A little milk
- Ginger to taste
- Flour to stiffen


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the molasses, sugar, and shortening. Mix well until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

2. Dissolve the tablespoonful of soda in a little milk, ensuring that it is fully dissolved and mixed with the milk.

3. Gradually add the dissolved soda mixture to the molasses mixture. Stir well to ensure it is evenly incorporated.

4. Add ginger to taste, depending on how strong you prefer the flavor. Start with 1-2 teaspoons and adjust according to your preference.

5. Slowly add flour, a little at a time, until the mixture starts to stiffen. The amount of flour required may vary, so adjust as needed. The dough should be firm enough to handle and roll.

6. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

7. Take small portions of the dough and roll into small balls. Place them onto a greased or lined baking tray, leaving space between each ball to allow for spreading.

8. Using the back of a fork, press down lightly on each ball to flatten them slightly. This will create the signature crisscross pattern on top of the biscuits.

9. Bake the ginger nuts in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Keep a close eye on them as they can quickly over-bake.

10. Once baked, remove the biscuits from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack. They will become crisp as they cool.

Now you can enjoy these delicious homemade ginger nuts either on their own or with a cup of tea or coffee! They are perfect for sharing with family and friends, and can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

Similar Recipe Dishes:

If you enjoy the flavors of ginger, here are a few other recipe dishes you might like to try:

1. Gingerbread: A classic holiday treat, gingerbread is a moist and flavorful cake made with ginger, cinnamon, and other spices.

2. Ginger Snaps: Similar to ginger nuts, ginger snaps are thin and crispy biscuits that have a stronger ginger flavor. They are perfect for dipping in tea or enjoyed as a crunchy snack.

3. Ginger Tea: For a comforting and soothing beverage, ginger tea is the way to go. It is made by steeping fresh ginger in hot water, and can be enjoyed with honey and lemon for added flavor.

4. Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry: Ginger adds a wonderful zing to savory dishes as well. Try making a ginger chicken stir-fry by combining ginger, garlic, and soy sauce with chicken and vegetables for a quick and delicious meal.

5. Ginger Smoothie: For a refreshing and healthy treat, blend together ginger, pineapple, banana, and yogurt to create a ginger smoothie. It's a great way to start your day or enjoy as a snack.



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