Who doesn’t love Gingerbread? You may have seen my ‘Ultimate Christmas Cosy Day’ post from Blogmas Day 2 where I included some sneak peak photographs of some gingerbread I made.
Now I did say you would have to wait a little while before finding out the recipe but I didn’t want to be a Grinch so thought I’d share it TODAY!
The recipe is so simple you will have the biscuits made in no time at all – more time for decorating fun!
- 350g Plain Flour.
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda.
- 2 tsp Ground Ginger.
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon.
- 125g Butter.
- 175g Light Soft Brown Sugar.
- 1 Free-range Egg.
- 4 tbsp Golden Syrup.
- Christmas cutters.
- Icing for decorating.
As I said previously the recipe is super simple and quick too so it won’t take you long to whip up some festive treats. You can find the recipe here – I added extra spices to make them taste that little bit more festive!
- Put all dry ingredients into a bowl (except the sugar), add butter and mix until the mixture is like breadcrumbs, then add the sugar.
- Beat the egg and golden syrup in a separate bowl, add to the mix until it clumps together and forms a dough – it will get there, don’t worry if your mixture isn’t instantly binding.
- Form the dough into a ball with your hands, wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180C or 160C Fan and line baking trays with greaseproof paper.
- Roll out the dough (flouring the surface beforehand) to roughly a 0.5cm thickness – this bit is up to you, you can roll it out as thick or thin as you wish the gingerbread to be, then cut out the gingerbread. The thinner you roll it out the more ‘snap’ it will have when you eat them.
- Place your cut outs on the baking trays, leaving gaps between and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. My oven had been pre-heating for a while so mine only needed 10 minutes. Leave on the tray to cool for a few minutes before moving them to a wire rack.
- Decorate the biscuits as you wish once cooled.
Decorating your biscuits, I think, is the best bit! You can be as creative as you wish and it is a great thing to get small children involved in! Now, I don’t have any small children around but me and Cameron had a great time decorating the biscuits, we used piping icing (which can be purchased at any supermarket) and then normal white glace icing which I hand made.
As you can see below my biscuits were already Christmas shaped, there are stockings, snowman, holly, bells, stars and trees too! I had to decorate them all in the traditional colours and I think they turned out really well!
Let me know if you enjoyed this post and feel free to send me photographs of all your baked treats over on Twitter. Friday’s post will be all about my trip to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas where I went with my parents, I can’t wait! Can you?
All photographs used are my own.