Monday, 17 December 2012


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Gingerbread is quick and easy to make, making it ideal for children to have a go too.  Why limit yourself to gingerbread men and women when you can make gingerbread animals, Christmas tree decorations or gingerbread houses.  

Makes  12 decorations


200g soft brown sugar
200g butter
500g self-raising flour
4 tablespoon golden syrup
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
½ teaspoon nutmeg

To decorate:
100g Royal icing


Pre-heat oven to 180C/gas mark 4.

Gently melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a large pan. 

Sift into a bowl the flour, ginger, mixed spice, and nutmeg. Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon to form a stiff dough.

Line two baking sheets with baking paper.  Lightly dust the work surface with flour and roll out the dough until it is 5 mm thick.  Using a large snowflake template cut out the gingerbread.  Alternatively use Christmas tree, stocking, reindeer or snowman templates,   

Make a hole in the top centre with a skewer for hanging on the tree.  Transfer to the baking sheets. 

Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned.  Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorate with piped icing and hang with ribbon on the tree.

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