Easy Gingerbread Recipe
If you were to ask everyone you know ‘what is the taste of Christmas?’, we would bet our best baubles that most people’s answer would be gingerbread.
In fact, we’re so sure of this, that in the spirit of Christmas, we want to provide you with a delicious and deliciously easy gingerbread recipe! The decorations are entirely up to you on this one, giving you the opportunity to make these biscuits your own. So, whether you want to make gingerbread men, women or dogs, the fun part of this recipe lies in the flexibility of the decorating.
Ingredients (for 12 gingerbread people)
140g of unsalted butter
3 tbsps of golden syrup
Chopped ginger pieces
350g of plain flour
100g of brown sugar
1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp of ground ginger
1 tsp of cinnamon
For decorations, you’ll need 50g of icing sugar and then, your choice of cherries, smarties, jelly tots, etc. You could even buy some specialist baking decorations, such as marshmallow pieces of festive silver balls.
Pre-heat your oven to 200°C, before grease-proofing a baking tray as preparation.
In a pan, melt the syrup, butter and sugar and in your Andrew James Stand Food Mixer, stir the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and both the ginger pieces and ground ginger. Add the butter mixture and continue to blend until it becomes a fairly stiff dough.
When ready, roll out dough onto a flat surface. Design the pieces into the shapes of your choice and cut out, continue to roll until there is no excess dough.
Place pieces on baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
Remove from oven and place on cooling rack until cool enough to handle.
To decorate, mix your icing sugar with a small amount of water and pour into your piping set. Pipe icing sugar into the decoration you want, ensuring you stick any extra pieces (cherries, smarties, silver balls, etc.) on top while the icing is wet enough to hold them.