Traditionally baked for the St Ives fair in Cornwall on the Saturday before Advent Sunday, these little pig-shaped biscuits have an endearing history.
With the fishing season ended, and the fisherman all feeling flush from their catch and readying themselves for the festivities ahead, the fair was one of the highlights of the year.
More festive bakes:
- Homemade cheese straws
- Spiced Christmas tree biscuits
- Brussels sprouts, blue cheese and chestnut tartlets
Cornish fairings were sold by the pig-pie man (no doubt with spare pastry to roll) to young men who bought biscuits for their sweethearts.
Here’s how to make advent fairing biscuits for Christmas
- Plain flour 250g, plus more to dust surface to roll biscuits
- Salt a pinch
- Finely grated rind of 1 lemon (unwaxed is best)
- Nutmeg ¼, freshly grated
- Mixed spice ½ tsp
- Currents 100g
- Caster sugar 50g
- Clotted cream 225g, well chilled
Stored in an airtight tin, the biscuits should keep well enough for up to a week or more.