12th November was the general
day for letting lands, payment of rent, and for farm workers to take up their
places for the year.
Up to about 80 years ago,
Hollandtide Fairs were held in various parts of the Isle of Man, and there
would always be stalls selling Hollandtide Fairings.
3 oz. Margarine or Butter
Tablespoons of Golden Syrup
2 oz. Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Ground Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon of Mixed Spice
Teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda
1 Little Water
fat, syrup and sugar together in a saucepan over a low heat. Sieve the flour
and spices into a bowl. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in a little water and
add to the ingredients in the saucepan, then mix in with the dry ingredients to
form a dough.
Cover the bowl and leave for at
least one hour.
Roll out thinly and cut into
fancy shapes (traditionally men on horseback) using a cardboard
Bake in a moderate oven for about
When the biscuits are cold,
decorate with lemon peel, icing and currants.