Monday 25 Feb – Sunday 10 March – its Fairtrade Fortnight!
Now I have to admit in the past I haven’t always bought fairtrade, in fact, I only really knew a little bit about it so this year, now that I’m a bonefide food blogger, I thought it was time I looked into it properly. My first port of call was the fairtrade website which is full of information about what they do.
To connect disadvantaged producers and consumers, promote fairer trading conditions and empower producers to combat poverty, strengthen their position in world markets and take more control over their lives.
You know that products with the Fairtrade logo come from farms where the farmers are paid a fair price for their products. This is usually for products like coffee, sugar and other high commodity items. Midlands Co-op take fairtrade very seriously and stock a number of products in their stores. To celebrate fairtrade fortnight they’ve knocked 20% off many of their products too. They also gave me some ingredients to come up with the recipe below.
I’m taking the step to buy more, why don’t you?
- 125g unsalted butter
- 185g fairtrade soft brown sugar
- 2 tbsp fairtrade Chilean honey
- 1 egg yolk
- 250g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground mixed spice
- Preheat oven to 170C/Gas 3 and line two baking trays with baking paper.
- Cream the butter and sugar in a medium-sized bowl using electric beaters until pale and fluffy, then add the golden syrup and the egg yolk, beating until just combined. Sift the flour, baking soda, ginger and mixed spice and stir with a wooden spoon until its a soft dough.
- Shape tablespoons of the dough into balls, place on the trays about 5cm apart and flatten into 4 cm rounds. Bake for 15 mins, or until lightly golden around the edges. Cool on the trays for a few mins before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely.
- These biscuits will keep, stored in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
- A nice treat with a cuppa!