Mad men and gluten free gingernuts

A lot of expensive property has been sold, mortgaged and bartered for in our household as of late.

The words ‘jammy little fella’ has been uttered out of the Yaks mouth more than once.

Other phrases also often heard are:

‘I’m buying it.’
‘You cheated.’
‘I can’t believe you landed on my property.’

Along with a few sentences I hope to never hear out of the mouths of my angelic babes when they are all growed up.

‘I am in jail.’
‘I can’t get out of jail.’
‘I owe you $500,000.’
‘Hey! We’re in jail together!’

Yes, I am living in a household of Mad Monopoly Men. It’s not a game this Cheergerm adores (however, offer me a game of charades or Cluedo and I will trounce you sir, wipe the floor with you, annihalate…..well, you get my drift) but it’s a game I love to hear my mad monopoly men play. The shouts of joy, groans of disappointment and the clickety clack of the dice rolling on our kitchen table.

Kid 2 has landed on Mayfair ten times in a row. Someone should conduct a study on chance, based on this child’s uncanny ability. Kid 1 has stated that next time he shouldn’t be allowed to buy it, as all that power is going to his head.

This treat is for all you mad monopoly lovers.

My kids didn’t have a hope in hell of not loving ginger baked goodies. This New Zealand born, Aussie raised Cheergerm suckled on ginger kisses (a biscuit) and gingernuts as a babe. No such thing as breast milk in those days. Here you go little six month old baby, suck on this gingernut and while you are at it, we will put you in the back of a dodgy European car in an untethered woven bassinet covered by a piece of flimsy netting. In case of an accident, the netting was really going to save me. Thank-you zealous safety people of the world who realised that netting was not a deterrent from being thrown through the front window of a questionable European car.

These biscuits were pretty moreish, ginger zingy and bicarby zangy. Hard on the outside, slightly softer in the middle. Not quite the same as it’s gluten laden kissing cousin but pretty bloody decent. Next time I will double the recipe as it makes 16 smallish bikkies. Barely touched the sides.


110g gluten free self raising flour
1 slightly rounded teaspoon ground ginger
1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
40 g raw caster sugar
50g unsalted butter room temperature
50g (or 2 tbl golden syrup)

Line a baking tray with non-stick paper and preheat the oven to 180C.
Sift the flour, ground ginger and bicarbonate of soda together into a mixing bowl.
Add the sugar and lightly rub in the butter till crumbly.
Add the golden syrup and mix everything into a stiff paste. No liquid is needed as the syrup is enough to get the mixture to the right consistency.
Divide the mixture into quarters, as evenly as possible, then each quarter into four and roll these pieces into little balls. (They are quite little.)
Place on baking sheet, leaving room between them as they spread out a bit.
Flatten slightly (to 1.5cm) and bake in centre of oven for 10-12 minutes.
They will spread out and gain a lovely cracked appearance.
Cool on baking tray for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling and store in an airtight container.
Makes 16 bikkies.

Thanks Delia Smith for the original recipe, from Delia’s Cakes revised edition 2013, Hodder and Stoughton. I just changed the flour to a gluten free blend. You are a goddess of baking and good sense.

13 thoughts on “Mad men and gluten free gingernuts

  1. I adored Monopoly while growing up. I couldn’t quite get my kids hooked on it, but they did fall hook, line and sinker for Balderdash–a game where LYING skills made you a winner. I’m guessing we both have a lot to worry about.
    And thank you for this timely recipe. As we’re heading into the season of all things autumnuly scented, ginger is #1 on my list, followed closely behind by cinnamon. Now, if I can only manage to get both kids to sit down at the table for a quick game of biscuits and bluffing. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • We will be lucky if they don’t all end up in the slammer. At least we can bake them cakes with files in them! These biscuits were pretty good but I would surely double the recipe though next time. Yes, your mind will be turning towards all things autumnal whilst mine is getting all springy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ginger nuts are my favourite biscuits of all time, and your photos really show them off beautifully. Monopoly’s not my choice of board game either but I’ve recently been introduced to Bananagrams and Set which have started an all-out gaming war between a group of girlfriends over the past few months. Temper tantrums are not just for the kids…

    • Thanks IK! They didn’t last long. I will have to go and look out those two games, nothing like a grown up board game tantie or two! A game that us grown ups have been playing when there are a few of us is Taboo, that can cause a bit of craziness I tell you, (It’s s not rude, just sounds it!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Those gingernuts look sooooooooo scrumdiddlyumptious! Keep making them and stuff ’em in the boys’ mouths to shut them up talking about jail – all three of your ‘boys’ that is! The Yak should be banned from Monopoly playing anyway – he was always a ruthless winner, and a big show off to boot!! (Sorry Phil! Love you!!!!!) xxoxx

    • They were super tasty lovely chicky! It’s a ruthless game they play, apples don’t fall far from the tree hey? Ha ha..if it makes you feel better, they take great delight when they trounce him!! Lots of love and ginger kisses to you. Xx

    • They are great aren’t they? Just love ginger in baking. If you don’t need to have them gf you can use regular flour and they will probably be even more crunchy. But the Yak was very happy with thIs GF version. ๐Ÿ™‚


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