Someone sweet helped me make up something sweet for someone sweet.
These little sugar baskets are quick and easy. The ingredients are simple and usually in every house hold pantry.
Basket ingredients and instructions
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup rogers golden syrup
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 cup white flour OR
- 1/8 cup flour mixed with 1/8 cup baking cocoa
- 1 tsp vanilla
(if you are making this for a special occasion you may want to leave out the vanilla and add 1 tsp lemon rind and 1 tbsp brandy)
Over med-low heat melt butter together with sugar, syrup and ginger. Cook until all the sugar is melted and little bubbles begin to show. Add the flour and continue to stir and cook for about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and add flavoring of your choice.
Have 2 large cookie sheets either well greased with butter or have them parchment lined. on each pan drop 4 individual mounds of hot mixture. Quickly spread them out just abit with the back of your spoon. They will be about 3" round. Bake them in pre heated 400 oven for 5-6 minutes. They will spread out and almost touch. If they do run into each other that is OK just cut before you mold them. They will spread to a very thin bubbly sugar crisp.
Take out and let cool slightly on pan (about 2 minutes). They are ready to mould into a basket shape when you can peel them off the pan easily, but they should not be crisp yet. Drape over tea cups or small cups & bowls. I also used a rolling pin to make a boat shaped basket. They begin to set up fast so you can't leave them at this point. We made a double recipe, one with just flour and one using the cocoa. When baskets are cooled and crisp they come off the mold easily and are ready. They are fragile and very pretty.
Fill just before serving.
You can be creative or use one of the following suggestions
- Ice cream
- Frozen yogurt
- cream cheese and pudding mixture
- spiced berry compote
- hot brandied peaches
- fresh fruit
- banana splits
- whipped cream
- sundae sauces
- frozen fruit
The baskets can be made up one day ahead.