With the festive season officially upon us, I am craving ALL the Christmassy treats.
Baking gingerbread biscuits is something that has been a tradition in my home growing up, with the Shetland recipe being passed down through the generations.
I have adapted the recipe to make them vegan and whilst these aren’t exactly like the classic ‘gingerbread biscuit’ (the oats give a slightly chunkier texture – but I love the flavour they add!) they taste delicious.
Whilst I have altered the classic gingerbread recipe that has been passed down through the family, I have tried to restore that Shetland flare by shaping and decorating them like Shetland Fair Isle Ganseys.
I asked a few of my friends and family the following question: when you think of Shetland, what comes to mind? I got various answered like Tammie Norrie’s, Shetland ponies, beaches, sheep, the sea, cliffs. Then I asked my partner, and he came up with Fair Isle Ganseys. Genius!
Knitwear is a HUGE part of Shetland culture. And I like to see this recipe as a way of celebrating that.