Gingerbread has to be one of the most festive treats going, I couldn't resist baking up a batch to munch on as we put up our Christmas tree, a real one obviously - you can imagine how great my flat smells. These little biscuits are perfect enjoyed with a cup of tea!
What you will need:Gingerbread:
350g Plain Flour
2 heaped tspn Ground Ginger
1 heaped tspn Cinnamon
1 tspn Bicarbonate Soda
175g Unsalted Butter
175g Light Soft Brown Sugar
90g Golden Syrup
1 large Egg
400g Icing Sugar
15g Powdered Egg White
Water (roughly 3-4 tbsp)
Oven preheated to 170C
A Food Processor (if you have one, don't worry if you don't)
Extra Flour for Rolling
Biscuit / Cookie Cutters of any shape and size (I used Snowflakes and Stars)
Disposable Piping Bags
Gently stir in the sugar, being careful not to clump it together yet.
In a separate little bowl, mix together the golden syrup and the egg then add this mixture to the rest of the ingredients and bring them all together, first with a spoon and then by hand (if you have a food processor pulse until it begins to come together then bring together completely by hand).
Knead briefly (emphasis on brief, it's just to bring it all together) then wrap in cling film and refrigerate for no less than 15 minutes.
Spread some flour over your work top and roll your dough roughly to the thickness of a pound coin, cut out your cookies and gently place them on your baking sheet on some baking paper. Mush up (technical term..) any remnants from cutting, gently knead them back together and repeat the process until you've used up all of your dough.
I would say how many this mixture makes.. but I don't know.. I didn't count and I ate some (and they were all different sizes) but it made A LOT! At a complete guess I would say maybe 30-40 or something..
Bake for around 16 minutes.
For the Royal Icing, simply mix together the ingredients - best with an electric whisk or mixer if you have one - until it forms peaks when you remove the whisk.
Once your biscuits are cool, you can pipe the icing on in any pattern you desire, add sprinkles, add colour, it's entirely up to you, but I like to keep it simple with just white.
Then sit back, relax and enjoy this festive snack. The perfect accompaniment to a Christmas film, wrapping presents or decorating your tree.
What's your favourite thing about Christmas and what's your favourite Christmas treat? Share below!