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Christmas of 2011 I made my first gingerbread biscuits! So this Christmas just gone, I wanted to get the recipe perfect… it turned out pretty well… So, i’ll share. (It’s a bit of a mish mosh of a random selection of recipes that I tested and adapted.)

Ingredients

350g plain flour,

1tbs ground ginger,

1tsp ground cinnamon,

1/2 tsp ground mixed spice,

1tsp bicarb,

175g butter,

150g brown sugar,

4tbs golden syrup.

Preheat the oven to gas mark 4….

Sift all the dry ingredients together into a mixing bowl.

Put the butter, sugar, and syrup into a large saucepan. Heat over a low flame until it’s all melted together. Remove from the heat and add the dry ingredients. Mix well with a wooden spoon to make a dough.

Tip onto a floured worktop and leave to cool until it’s cool enough to handle. Gently knead to make a neat ball. Leave until cold before rolling out. (You can wrap in clingfilm and cool in the fridge if you want!)

Roll out to about a pound coin thickness. Cut into whatever shapes you want! (I find if you dip the cutters into flour before cutting, it stops them sticking!) I did some trad’ men, and some regular biscuits, and some little gingerbread bites. And I also added chocolate chips for half of them. If you want to use chocolate  chips put them on now, before you bake!

Grease and line baking trays. Don’t put them too close together, because they grow!

Bake for 8-10 mins until a little bit browner. But they’re going to be really spongy until they’re cooled, so don’t worry! I like my gingerbread chewy, so if you’re more of a snappy gingerbread person, just leave them slightly longer. Leave them on the tray to cool completely! And… enjoy! You can decorate with a royal icing if you like! (I’m not a huge fan, so it’s your choice!)

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K.

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