Ginger has widely been used for its healing properties for thousands of years. Originating in Southern Asia it eventually spread through the rest of Asia, West Africa and the Caribbean. In the middle ages ginger made its way to Europe via the spice trade where it was commonly used to make sweets.
Ginger is now grown in many places all over the world including Australia. I came across some interesting “Did you know” facts while looking at the Buderim Ginger, Australian website.
For example, did you know:
- Henry VIII praised ginger’s goodness as a cure for the plague.
- During the Middle Ages, ginger was valued on par with black pepper. A pound of either was worth the price of one sheep.
- Ginger was the first crop planted in the Americas after Columbus.
I can’t honestly say this ginger slice contains all the health benefits attributed to ginger, but it sure is tasty!
By Donna Hay Magazine.
- 375gm plain flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 220gm caster sugar
- 250gm cold butter, chopped.
- 150gm butter, chopped
- 90gm golden syrup
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
- 240gm icing sugar, sifted.
Preheat oven to 180°C. Spray a 20cm x 30cm tin with oil and line with baking paper.
Place the flour, baking powder, ginger, sugar into a bowl and stir to combine. Pour into food processer.
Add butter and process until mixture looks like fine bread crumbs.
Pour mixture into prepared tin and press mixture into tin until compact.
Bake for 35-40 mins or until golden brown and firm to touch.
Remove from heat and set aside while you make icing.
Place butter, golden syrup and ginger into a saucepan over a medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes or until butter has melted.
Add the icing sugar and whisk to combine.
Pour icing over the base and refrigerate for at least an hour or until set.
Remove from tin and cut into slices.