Saturday, 8 December 2012

A Bit of Baking: Gingerbread

Yesterday evening I arrived home from Leeds and was feeling all festive, so decided to do a spot of baking...and nothing is better at Christmas time than some good old gingerbread! Gingerbread is so wonderfully festive, tasty and fun to decorate, so give this really easy recipe a go! 

I used a recipe from BBC Food, and its has worked so well. 

Ingredients: 

  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon  
  • 125g butter
  • 175g light soft brown sugar 
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup

    How to:

    1. Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

    2. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

    3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

    4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.

    5.Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing.


You can also put a hole in the top of your gingerbread before you bake it, tie with ribbon and use as a lovely decoration! Or why not give them as a gift or Christmas treats when visiting a friend? It's also a nice idea to sprinkle with icing sugar as a final christmassy touch. 



I hope you like this little recipe post and it's made you feel that little bit more Christmassy! We'd love to hear how you get on making your own gingerbread!! 
Lots of Love, 
Emily xx

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