Apparently they were used to be given as a treat to children or by men to their sweethearts! Well, I wouldn’t mind being given a fairing or two if they’re on offer!The funny thing about this recipe is.. please don’t be too disappointed, but it’s actually a local recipe from the Tuffley and Whaddon WI, about only 8 miles down the road from me in Cheltenham! I found the recipe in a book I bought not so long ago in Stroud, called Gleanings from Gloucestershire Housewives, which is compiled with recipes donated by women from WI groups in the Gloucestershire area. The book I believe was published in 1948, so some of the recipe inside are pretty vintage, but you know, recipes don’t usually change a lot; they usually only get tweaked to our liking!
A little bit of science
The recipes uses melted margarine instead of creaming it, which gives the biscuits a chewier, denser texture whilst still remaining crunchy.
Anywho, enough chit-chatting – Happy Baking Cornish/Gloucestershire style!