About this recipe:Don't be put off by the lard in this recipe. It's the lard that makes these biscuits so crunchy and delicious. Serve them with ice cream for dessert, for afternoon tea or pop them into your packed lunch.
Makes: 72 biscuits
200g caster sugar
350g black treacle
125ml hot water
750g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
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In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, black treacle, lard and hot water until smooth. Stir in eggs. Combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger; stir into the batter to make a soft dough. Add more flour if needed. Cover the bowl and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour or until firm.
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Roll out the dough to 5mm thickness on a floured surface. Cut into desired shapes using pastry/cookie cutters. Place biscuits onto ungreased baking trays.
Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven or until biscuits appear dry in the centre.