It wouldn't be Christmas without a full blown sugar overload would it? So what better way to indulge than with gingerbread? And most importantly, home made gingerbread. I thought I would share with you a super easy recipe that will make a perfect batch of sweet and festive treats in literally no time at all. They really are scrummy (If I do say so myself) and have the right combo of crunchy and chewy. My icing was pretty poor. Granted. However I don't think they look TOO shabby, although a lil' rustic.
What you will need:
350g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
2tsp of ground ginger
1tsp of ground cinnamon
175g soft brown sugar
4tbsp of golden syrup
250g royal icing sugar
+ lots of glitter and decorations...
Preheat your oven to 190*c. Simply mix together all dry ingredients and then add the butter. Use your hands (or alternatively a food mixer) to rub the mix until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar. In a separate bowl beat both the golden syrup and the egg together and pour into the dry mixture. Get your hands messy and knead the mixture sufficiently into a ball of dough. If a little dry and a tsp of water until your dough sticks together but isn't too wet, if you go too water crazy add a lil' bit of flour to dry it back out. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes...
While your dough is chilling, line up to three baking trays (this mixture makes a lot of cookies!) with greaseproof baking sheets. After the 15 minutes is up, grab your dough, rolling pin and cutters and line the surfaces with flour because it's time for the fun part... cut your shapes, give them a lil' wiggle and carefully transfer them onto your baking trays (if you have trouble with this a palette knife will be your best friend)! Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and wait for your whole kitchen to smell of sugary sweet goodness before letting them cool for you to ice. I used royal icing to pipe and decorate but normal glacier icing can be used too... or old school writing pens... basically whatever tickles your festive decor buds.