Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!
Today is a day for spending time with friends and family, preparation for tomorrow and BAKING! Normally at Christmas people bake everything from sugar cookies to full blown Christmas cakes; I, on the other hand, am very limited with my baking skills so without fail every year I make my "famous" gingerbread Christmas trees. The recipe isn't difficult, they are easy to bake and so fun to decorate whether by yourself or with family. This year I not only made christmas trees but also made snowflakes! If you want the recipe I used please keep reading :)
Here's what you'll need to make the gingerbread dough;
350g/12oz plain flour (plus extra for rolling out), 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 125g/4½oz butter, 175g/6oz light soft brown sugar, 1 free-range egg, 4 tbsp golden syrup, icing sugar, writing icing, cake decorations of your choice.
- (P.S. I used double the amount of ingredients in order to make double the amount of cookies -- 65 in total)
- The method for this recipe is very simple; sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a bowl. Then add the butter and mix until it becomes like breadcrumbs. Once you have a mixture like breadcrumbs, mix in the sugar.
- Gently beat the egg and golden syrup together and add to the mixture until it all comes together to form a dough (i personally used more golden syrup than the recipe suggested as I found it came together better). Tip the dough out onto counter and briefly knead until smooth. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and place in the fridge for 15 minutes. I used this time to tidy up from preparing the dough and preheated the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
- Line two trays with greaseproof paper and take your dough out off the fridge. Roll the dough out to 0.5cm/¼inch in thickness onto a lightly floured surface. Using the cutters you have chosen cut out the shapes you desire and place them onto a baking tray, leaving enough gaps in between.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Once cooked place them on a wire rack to cool down before decorating. Once cooled, decorate as you wish. Then eat and enjoy.
These are amazing with a cup of tea or hot chocolate! I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a very Happy Year <3