Monday, April 7, 2014

Taking time out for tea

Every so often we like to have a proper afternoon tea on the weekends. This weekend was one such time.  We had Earl Grey tea and Ginger Gems.
Out comes the pretty china, the silver cutlery and the tiered cake stand.
All set and ready for us.
The boys getting stuck in. 
Ginger Gems and family time. A happy recipe.

My gem irons are really heavy cast iron ones. They are at least 80 years old. My Nana married when she was 16 and they were given to her as a "must have in the kitchen". If my Nana was alive she would now be coming up 100. So every time I make gems I think of her. It was her legacy to me when she died - along with an amazing gridle.

Ginger Gems
Preheat your gem irons in an oven at 200oC. This mixture will fill the irons 1 1/2 times.
50g butter and 1/4 cup sugar - cream well.
Add - 1 egg and 2 tablespoons golden syrup.
Then add - 1 cup plain flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger and mix in.
mix together 1/2 cup milk and 1 teaspoon baking soda then stir it into the gem mix.

Take gem irons out of the oven. Put a dot of butter into each cavity and place 1 tablespoon of mixture in. Do this quickly as mixture starts cooking. Put into the oven for approx 10 minutes until well risen and golden brown.


  1. Oh, yum oh, my mother used to make those. She had a cast iron gem iron too. I don't know what happened to it. Wish I still had it.


  2. Now I have a yen for tea and ginger gems!

  3. Oh i so wish i had some gem irons! I keep my eyes peeled every time im in an op shop! Looks like a super lovely family tradition :)


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