Cornish Fairings – Quick & Easy

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Fairings were originally edible treats that were available at fairs in England. They have been sold at fairs for hundreds of years. This is a recipe is for Cornish Fairings. They were popular in the 19th century. The Cornish Fairings are a crunchy biscuit, heavily flavoured with spices, particularly ginger. But that is not the only spice. The addition of cinnamon and mixed spice make these a very tasty biscuit. In the 19th century fairings were also little porcelain trinkets.

This is a quick and easy recipe. From start to finish the recipe doesn’t take an hour. Not only is the time required very little but it is a very simple recipe.

Those who wish can also reduce clean up by using only two pots, by measuring ingredients directly into them. Of course I used more, simply to show the individual ingredients for the video.

Weigh the wet ingredients into a saucepan. The dry ingredients go into a bowl. Then simply combine the wet and dry ingredients. How simple is that?

Once mixed to a smooth paste the dough is divided into 18 balls, and placed on a baking tray. Baking takes just 12 to 15 minutes. The precise time depends on how crunch you want your biscuits to be.

My Bake

I used 2 baking trays. Each had 9 balls of dough. I baked them for 13 minutes. They spread a little and looked perfectly baked. I took them out of the oven and gently pressed the tops to flatten the biscuits a little. I allowed them to cool on the trays for 2 or 3 minutes. Then I transferred them to a rack for cooling.

Once completely cooled the biscuits had a lovely crisp crunch. They also were light and airy. The crunchy texture felt good in my mouth. Dunking them in tea is very good too.

Cornish Fairings – Quick & Easy Video

For another simple recipe why not try Quick & Easy Cherry Scones.

Cornish Fairings – Quick & Easy

Recipe by geoffcooCourse: Biscuits, CookiesCuisine: English, CornishDifficulty: Easy


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  • 164g(1 cup + 2 tbps, based on scooping packed flour into a 250ml cup) plain flour

  • 75g(5 tbsp+1 tsp) unsalted butter

  • 75g(6 packed tbsp) light brown sugar

  • 45ml(3 tbsp) golden syrup(or corn syrup, honey etc)

  • 6g(2 tsp) ground ginger, adjust to taste

  • 4g(1 1/2 tsp) mixed spice, adjust to taste

  • 4g(1 1/2 tsp) ground cinnamon, adjust to taste

  • 3g(1/2 tsp) salt

  • 6g(1 1/2 tsp) baking powder

  • 6g(1 1/2 tsp) baking soda


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F.
  • Line a couple of baking trays with parchment paper.
  • Melt the butter, sugar, spices and golden syrup into a saucepan, stirring, until all is combined.
  • Add the baking powder, baking soda and salt into the flour and stir well to combine.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the flour and stir until fully combined into a smooth paste.
  • Divide the paste into 18 equally sized balls, about the size of a walnut. In weight that is about 22g.
  • Place each ball on the baking trays leaving a large gap between each.
  • You can flatten the balls slightly if you wish.
  • Bake the biscuits in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, depending on how crunchy you want them to be. More time means they will be harder.
  • Take the biscuits out of the oven and gently press the tops to flatten them.
  • After 2 or 3 minutes transfer the biscuits to a wire rack to cool completely.

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