Friday, 20 December 2013

Gingerbread Hearts and Stars

How pretty do they look for a very quick and easy, thoughtful gift? I think anything wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon looks good though. I made the dough in the food processor in 3 stages, but I'm sure that I could have put all the ingredients in in one go and the mixture would have formed a dough. A nice gift for the children to make for family members perhaps? The recipe is from an Usbourne book I bought years ago for the children called 'Christmas cooking kit'. It has been a very handy book over the years. The same recipe could be used to make a gingerbread house, if you have the skill and the time. Take a look at this amazing one for inspiration from Elizabeth at Elizabeths Kitchen Diary. I wouldn't know where to start. 

makes approx 20

350g plain flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
100g of butter or margarine
175g soft light brown sugar
1 medium egg
4 tablespoons golden syrup

Sift the flour, ground ginger and bicarbonate of soda together. Add the butter or margarine, cut into small chunks.
Rub the butter into the flour until it is like fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar.
Break the egg into a bowl, add the syrup, beat well and stir into the flour.
Mix well until it comes together into a ball (add a little more syrup if necessary), then knead thoroughly on a floured surface until you have a smooth dough.
Divide the dough into halves, roll out one half until about 5mm thick, cut into shapes with cookie cutters, and place on a baking sheet, lined with greaseproof paper.
Bake at 190ÂșC  for 12 to 15 minutes, and cool on a wire rack.

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