Tis the season to be busy…and make gingerbread

Ok, so firstly I have to apologise for my lack of posting in the month of December. With Christmas and multiple family birthday’s its been a very busy month, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some festive cooking happening!

I really do love festive baking, you can have so much fun with it and make things that bring out the kid in all of us. This year I decided to make some chrissy gingerbread. There’s something I love about chewy, not too sweet, gingerbread. I never really loved gingerbread as a kid, but somewhere along the way I became a big fan…Plus they look so cute!

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Christmas Gingerbread Recipe

(adapted from Donna Hay’s gingerbread men recipe)

Ingredients:

– 125g softened butter

– 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

– 1/2 cup golden syrup

– 1 1/2 cups sifted plain flour

– 2 tsp ground ginger

– 1 tsp bi-carb soda

– 1/2 cup icing sugar

– Red & Green food colouring

Step 1 – Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and creamy.

Step 2 – Add the golden syrup, flour, ginger and bicarb soda, and mix until it all comes together into a smooth dough. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and pop it in the fridge to firm up a bit.

Step 3 – Once its firmed up roll it out between two sheets of baking paper until its about 7mm thick. Using some Christmas cookie cutters cut out shapes and place on baking trays lined with baking paper. Continue to collect all the offcuts and re-roll / cut out shapes until all the dough is used.

Step 4 – Cook in oven at 190 degrees celcius for about 7-8 mins or until light golden brown. Leave to cool.

Step 5 – Mix the icing sugar with 1-2 tbsp of warm water until it forms a smooth paste. Separate two small amounts from the white icing and add green colouring to one, and red to the other. You should now have white, red and green icing. Pop the icing into piping bags and decorate away. I like to outline the cookies with the white icing, and use the red and green for little pops of colour. I also like to decorate the shapes in a few different ways so they’re not all exactly the same.

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Now to my new years resolution….to not lose another month and post more often!

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