Classic Iced Gingerbread Shapes
Nothing quite says Christmas like the smell of fresh gingerbreads baking. The smell of gingerbreads floating through the house, trying to stop yourself eating them whilst it’s still warm, or just desperately waiting for them be ready. I love things with a little bit of spice, so gingerbread is my kind of sweet treat! As part of a Christmas get together, I wanted to make something that wasn’t just another Christmas pudding for dessert. Gingerbreads are the perfect small treat where you can have as little (or as much!) as you’d like. Ideal for having with a coffee or tea after your big roast dinner or copious party food, they won’t hang around for long.
To make yourself some quick classic gingerbread shapes you will need:
350g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
175g light brown soft sugar
4 tablespoons of golden syrup
The shapes to cut out can be anything you like depending on the cutters you have available. I used some small festive shapes to make more biscuit sized gingerbreads. Using a combination of snowflakes, Christmas trees and bells.
Start by combining your dry ingredients: flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon.
2. add the butter and mix in a food processor until the mixture is to the consistency of breadcrumbs.
3. Lightly beat the egg and syrup together, and pour into the mix. Combine it to make a dough and wrap in cling film, leaving to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
4. Whilst the dough is chilling, pre-heat your oven to 180C/170C on fan.
5. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll to around the thickness of a £1 coin.
6. Cut out your shapes and place onto a baking tray, I find it best to line this with some baking paper to avoid the shapes sticking.
7. Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes until slightly browned. They should be soft when you take them out initially, but will soon firm up.
Once cool you can decorate your gingerbreads how you please. I decided to do a quick simple decorative icing using just white. But you could get more creative if you’ve more time, and go for some bright colours and decorative sprinkles!
Are gingerbreads on your festive baking list?