Ginger-Nut Biscuits from Outlander book Drums of Autumn

Fiona's Ginger Nut Biscuits from Drums of Autumn

He turned over a page, and stopped, feeling as though he'd been punched in the stomach.

May 1, 1945.  Craigh na Dun, Inverness-shire, Scotland.  Claire Randall, age 27, housewife.  Seen last in early morning, having declared intention to visit the circle in search of unusual plant specimens, did not return by dark.  Car found parked at foot of hill.  No traces in circle, no signs of foul play.

He turned the page gingerly, as though expecting it to blow up in his hand.  So Claire had inadvertently given Gillian Edgars part of the evidence that had led to her own experiment.  Had Geilie found the reports of Claire's return, three years later?

No, evidently not, he concluded, after flipping back and forth through those pages -- or if she had, she hadn't recorded it here.

Fiona had brought him more tea and a plate of fresh ginger-nut biscuits, which had sat untouched since he had begun reading.  A sense of obligation rather than hunger made him pick up a biscuit and take a bite, but the sharp-flavored crumbs caught in his throat and made him cough.

Drums of Autumn (Chapter 32 - Grimoire)

Too bad she's a blonde. Otherwise ginger nut biscuits would be the perfect character-inspired food for Gillian, aka Geillis, and her Grimoire.

Because if there was a team NutBar, Mrs. Edgars/Duncan/Robicheaux/Abernathy would be its undisputed captain.

For all time.


A traditional British ginger biscuit is a little crisper than these.  But since we've already sampled some buttery-crisp cookies, in the form of Mrs. Graham's Chocolate Biscuits, I went out on a limb and made these ones a little softer.

Fiona's Ginger Nut Biscuits are moderately sweet, leaving room for the  ginger and cinnamon to shine through bite after bite, and the light sugar coating and occasional crunchy burst of kosher salt add a textural component to our love affair with sweet and salty treats.

In other words, they're really good.


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