Blueberries and allspice go very well together so I decided to give it a try. Happy to say that the result is an amazing little cookie, perfectly sweetened and wonderfully highlighted with the dried fruit.
These are so fast to make and bake that I sat back stunned as to why I have never stumbled upon this recipe in the past. They are truly great little cookies ! Well, it is safe to say , after further research, that the cause of delay in my meet-and-greet with Cornish Fairings lies with my geographical location. I do no live near or even remotely close to Cornwall, UK. You see, the Cornish Fairing originates from Cornwall - a quite lengthy plane or boat ride away for me. Regardless, I have found them now and this recipe is a keeper.
During my Cornish Fairings research, I found this interesting video on YouTube and thought I would share here too. A little history lesson for us all and a chance to see the way these are made in bulk!
NOW ON TO THE RECIPE!
*source recipe (adapted) : Cornish Fairings, The Great British Book of Baking
WHAT YOU NEED
100g all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
40g fine granulated sugar
50g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
1 heaping tablespoon dried blueberries
3 tablespoons golden corn syrup (warmed in microwave for 15 seconds on HIGH)
PREHEAT OVEN 375F
LINE 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper
IN MEDIUM BOWL, combine first 5 ingredients
ADD butter and cut in with pastry cutter until crumb-like consistency is reached
STIR in blueberries
ADD CORN SYRUP and stir with wooden spoon until combined into a somewhat stiff dough
ROLL dough into marble sized balls and place, spaced apart, on cookie sheet. This recipe yields approx. 18 cookies
BAKE 7-8 minutes rotating 1/2 way
LET COOL in pans 1-2 minutes before moving cookies to a cooling rack. Let cool completely