sesame, date and ginger biscuitsrating:
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"Recipe taken from The Guardian and written by Dan Lepard: www.danlepard.com"
50g dark soft brown sugar
125g unsalted butter, softened
1 egg yolk
175g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¾ tsp baking powder
2 tsp each ground ginger and mixed spice
175g chopped dates
About 100g sesame seeds
Put the brown sugar, treacle and butter in a bowl, and beat until creamy. Add the egg yolk, mix until fluffy, then spoon in the flour, bicarb, baking powder and spices, and stir until smooth. Add the dates, beat to combine, then cover and transfer to the fridge for 30 minutes to firm.
Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan-assisted)/350F/gas mark 4. Divide the mixture into walnut-sized blobs, sprinkle the sesame seeds on to a dinner plate, then flatten the dough balls on it - they should end up less than 1cm thick and 4-5cm wide, coated evenly in seeds. Lay on a parchment-lined tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, until a rich, golden brown and firm at the edges. Remove from the oven, leave to cool on the tray, then store in an airtight tin.