I was doing a food-styling job the other day and the recipe said 'Take the brandy snap baskets out of the packet, place on a baking sheet and warm in the oven for a few minutes until they open out to make flat discs'. I opened both my packets of 6 Askeys Brandy Snap Baskets (FROM WAITROSE!) and do you know, all but one of them were broken into at least four pieces! So I rummaged through the cupboards, all in a tizz, mixed some everyday stuff up and in 10 minutes had much nicer (and cheaper!) brandy snaps than you can get from Waitrose.
Try them, they're so easy! Then sandwich a stack together with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce and eat very quickly.
And don't buy anything made by Askeys because it might well ruin your dinner party.
Heat together equal quantities of butter, golden syrup and sugar (50g will make about 8 snaps). Stir in the same amount of plain flour, a bit of ground ginger and a squeeze of lemon or lime juice. Spread out thinly on a non-stick baking sheet and bake at 190C for 6 - 8 mins until golden brown. Leave to cool into discs or while still warm, roll into tubes round a wooden spoon handle or drape them over the bottom of a glass to make baskets.
Hot Fudge Sauce
Place 170g evaporated milk and 225g dark chocolate in a bowl set over simmering water and warm together for about 10 minutes until smooth and fudgy. Use warm.