In all the hullabaloo of Christmas we never did get around to making these, so it’s a nice treat to have time to make them now. It’s even nicer to think that they’ll be an unexpected treat arriving on our friend‘s doorsteps.
Ingredients for our gingerbread:
12oz plain flour
1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp of ground ginger
6oz soft light brown sugar
1 large free-range egg
4 tbsp golden syrup
For decoration: icing sugar & warm water (or icing gel pens) selection of sprinkles, & raisins
1 Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, & ginger into a large bowl
2 Add the butter & rub in with your fingertips until it looks like a breadcrumbs
3 Add the sugar & mix well
4 In another bowl whisk the egg & golden syrup together
5 Tip over the dry mixture & stir well
(If mixture is sticky add a little more flour & use your hands to help form a dough)
6 Wrap dough in cling film & leave in the fridge for 1 hour.
7 Heat oven to 190˚C & line a couple of baking sheets
8 On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough & cut chosen shapes.
9 Slide a palette knife under each shape & place shapes on baking sheet (leaving room between shapes)
Bake in oven for 12-15mins.
10 Leave to cool on baking sheet for 5mins; then place on cooling rack to cool completely before
We mixed some icing sugar with a little warm water & Minnie drizzled the icing with a teaspoon over the biscuits. (This was runny & sticky so I transferred the biscuits back on to the tray while she had fun creating) She then added a selection of decorations.
|Drizzling the icing (gel icing pens would be a little less messy!)|
|Minnie decided to decorate her Gingerbread Man using sprinkles & raisins|
|A selection of our gorgeous gingerbread creations|
Once the biscuits were dry we placed them in a gift bag, decorated with ribbon & a homemade label.
We then reused some small cardboard boxes & cornstarch packaging peanuts, & posted off our edible treats!
I think we're going to have fun with this again for Valentine's Day gifts, & share some love with decorated heart shapes!