If you’re making your own gifts this year, or fancy a more natural approach to Christmas, why not try making our Christmas gingerbread? The recipe’s simple enough for children to make (with a little supervision), and you can use these spicy, crunchy biscuits to decorate the tree or pack up as presents. Here’s how:
- 350g plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 180g dark brown sugar
- 125g margarine or softened butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 4 tablespoons golden syrup
You’ll also need a round biscuit cutter, a rolling pin, an empty wine bottle or similar and a baking tray.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius, and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Mix the flour and spices together and, using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
Add the egg and the golden syrup, and mix with your fingers until the mixture clumps together and forms a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth.
Wrap the dough in clingfilm, and refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes. This will make it firmer and easier to handle.
Roll out the dough to about 0.5 cm thick, and cut out circles with the biscuit cutter. Using the wine bottle, cut another, smaller hole in the middle of each biscuit.
Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until golden brown, then put on a wire rack to cool. When completely cold, you can decorate your biscuits. Try using edible gold stars stuck on with blobs of icing, or piping designs in different colours. Leave your handiwork to set.
For a gift, take several biscuits and string them together with a piece of ribbon through the holes. Tie on a gift tag, and put into a cellophane bag. Tie the neck tightly with string or ribbon to keep the biscuits fresh.
For tree decorations, thread a narrow piece of ribbon or gold cord through each biscuit, and tie into a loop. Don’t forget to hang them well out of the reach of pets.
You can also adapt the recipe to make gingerbread men, using a special cutter.
Merry Christmas from the Swettenham Arms x