Wednesday 21 December 2016


Reader Jessica has a fab recipe for Christmas gingerbread to share... ridiculously easy, fun and very tasty too!

You will need:
350g self raising flour (recipe works with gluten free too!)
2 tablespoons ground ginger
200g caster sugar
115g unsalted butter
85g golden syrup
1 large free range egg

To make the cookies:
1. Preheat oven to 160 C and grease several large baking trays with butter.

2. Sieve flour and ground ginger into large mixing bowl; add sugar and mix well with a large wooden spoon to combine dry ingredients thoroughly. Make a hollow in centre of mixture.

3. Melt butter and syrup carefully in a saucepan over a very low heat. Don't let the pan become too hot, or you will burn your fingers!

4. Carefully pour mixture into hollow in the flour mixture. Beat the egg in a cup and pour on top of mixture.

5. Combine the two substances with wooden spoon. As soon as the dough begins to come together, use your hands. If the mixture is too hot, leave it to cool a little.

6. As soon as the dough comes together in a ball and is no longer crumbly, use a rolling pin to roll it out on a lightly floured surface. It should be about the thickness of a pound coin.

7. Use cookie cutters to make shapes and place these on your baking tray. They will spread out as they cook so leave plenty of room around each cookie or you'll end up with one huge 'blob' biscuit.

8. If you want to, decorate the biscuits with raisins, chocolate chips or silver balls before they go in the oven. Make sure you press them down or they will just fall off!

9. Bake for 12-15 mins depending on how soft or crunchy you like them. Once the biscuits are golden brown, take them out of the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes on tray before placing on a wire rack to cool completely. If you want, you can buy or make icing to decorate them, too!

Artwork by Cathy Cassidy.

Cathy says:
These sound fab - and easy enough for me to try, too! They'd make a great last-minute gift for someone, too! What is YOUR fave Christmas recipe? COMMENT BELOW to have your say!

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