how to make tasty christmas gingerbread

As a little Christmas treat I thought I’d let you all share this gingerbread recipe. Handed down to me through generations (well my stepmum via Delia), they’re easy to make and are a great last minute Christmas gift. Come on you needed something to do on Christmas Eve before you crack open the Baileys!

Ingredients

175g/6oz Soft Brown Sugar
4 tablespoons golden syrup
2 tablespoons black treacle
200g/7oz diced butter
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate soda
450g/1lb Plain Flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoons ground nutmeg
3 teaspoons ground ginger

To Make
1.    Here’s the slightly scary bit: put the sugar, golden syrup, treacle and 2 tablespoons of water to the boil, once it does, take it off the heat straight away.
2.    Add the butter and the bicarbonate of soda (the mix may froth)
3.    When they’ve melted, slowly add in the flour and spices (if the mixture is too wet, put a little bit more flour in but not too much as it should be a little bit sticky)
4.    Go and play Christmas games (you know… “Charades”, or “Who am I”) for 1 hour while the mixture cools.
5.    Come back and preheat the oven to 180ºC. Roll out your mixture to about 1cm thick and cut it into lots of Christmassy shapes bake for 10-12 minutes.

If you want you can ice them, or just eat them plain. My favourite way to have them is just out of the oven with a glass of cold milk.

Merry Christmas! xx

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