These crunchy, chewy Brandy Snap Baskets are so versatile! You can make them ahead of time, keep in a sealed container and use them as and when you need to.
They have a beautiful lace look (see how the ice-cream drips through at the bottom), and I think an excellent way to serve just ordinary ice-cream - definitely much classier to serve to guests than in a cone.
I served ice-cream with a homemade black forest cherry sauce in the Baskets this time round, but you can serve just about any sweet treat in them.
Brandy Snap Baskets
1/2 cup Butter, unsalted
1/2 cup Caster Sugar
1/2 cup Golden Syrup ( or Honey )
1/2 cup Flour
1/2 t Ground Ginger
1/2 t Ground Cinnamon
2 TB Brandy OR Orange Juice
1 TB Lemon Juice
1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
2.) Heat the Butter, Caster Sugar and Syrup over low heat until the Butter has melted and the Sugar has dissolved - remove from the heat and let cool 2 - 3 minutes.
3.) Sift together the Flour, Ginger and Cinnamon - beat into the Butter mixture - add the Brandy or Orange Juice and the Lemon Juice, stir to combine and let cool another 2 - 3 minutes.
4.) Place heaped tablespoons of mixture onto the baking sheets (I only did two per sheet at a time as these spread a lot!)
5.) Bake 7 - 10 minutes until the biscuits are considerably spread out, golden brown (a little darker on the edges and has a lacy look) remove from oven - cool 1 minute - flip the biscuits over (the lacy side on the outside) and drape over a mug or similar container - see below
6.) It should be cool enough to handle with your hands - once draped over the "mold" keep your hand over it for 30 - 60 seconds to form a shape - as soon as you see it holds the shape by itself, place on a cooling rack to set and cool completely.
7.) Bake and shape the remaining biscuits in the same manner (should a biscuit cool and start to set before you can shape it over a cup - pop it back into the oven for a minute or so until warm and soft again)
Serve these baskets with ice-cream, mousse, pudding or even fresh fruit.