Sunday, 5 August 2012

Brandy Snaps

What a phenomenal day at the Olympics yesterday ...  six golds in a day, three in one hour! Just incredible scenes from London. I think there is something incredibly humbling about watching an athlete who has worked extraordinarily hard at their discipline stand there on the podium with tears of joy in their eyes. It is not just that athlete who has been on a very long journey but the coaches, support staff and the families of the athletes who have supported the athletes through thick and thin.

Whether it was watching Chad Le Clos' father bursting with pride in the interview after his son won a gold or seeing Mo Farah's daughter and wife running, and for the latter walking (I thought she may give birth right there and then on the track) to meet their Olympic Champion is something quite remarkable.

So in the spirit of the Olympics I thought I'd adapt my presentation of my brandy snaps into 'Olympic torches'! Seems only fitting, they aren't quite as impressive as the Olympic Flame that burns in the Olympic Stadium but I can guarantee they taste superb & if you are having friends over for dinner to celebrate the Olympics, I'm sure they will award you a gold medal for your pudding!

Makes 15
Pre-heat oven to 180
Bake to perfection for 10-12 minutes

You will need the following:
50g Butter
50g Caster Sugar
2Tbsp Golden Syrup
50g Plain Flour
½Tsp Ground Ginger
1Tbsp Brandy
½Tsp Lemon Juice

A few strawberries & ice cream to decorate

 Measure out the butter, sugar & golden syrup in a bowl together

Melt in the microwave for 1 minute or gently over a bain marie for a few minutes

Add the lemon juice & stir in

Next add the flour

Then the brandy

Line several trays with baking paper and using a teaspoon dollop four lots of mix onto a tray

Bake to perfection for 10 minutes until golden

Once your time is up you must move quickly... I simply folded either side of the brandy snap over to form a cone shape; placing them folded side down on a board to harden.

If you would prefer to make traditional brandy snaps you simply roll the brandy snap around the handle of a wooden spoon.
Alternatively to make a basket use a ladle & drape your brandy snap over the ladle.

They will be crunchy & light in colour. If you don't move quick enough and some of your brandy snaps have hardened without you shaping them, put them back in the oven for 1-2 minutes & they will soften back up

Add a scoop of ice cream to your brandy snap

 Finally place your strawberries into the ice cream to represent the flames

Enjoy ...

Go Team GB

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