It's the most wonderful time of the year and we couldn't be more excited! Our friends at Craft & Crumb have come up with this super fun recipe for jazzy ginger family table decorations. Perfect for making with little ones on Christmas Eve, for using as Christmas Day place settings, or filling those days in between Christmas and New Year.
This simple recipe involves baking delicious gingerbread, then using two different sized gingerbread man cutters and decorating as Mummy, Daddy and Baby Gingerbread. If you don't have cutters, then simply draw the shapes you would like, cut out of cardboard and use this as a guide. The whole family will love making these super cute treats.
Read on for the super simple recipe.
160g plain flour
70g brown sugar
4g ground ginger
2g bicarbonate of soda
4tbsp honey or glucose syrup
70g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
Method:STEP 1: PREPARE
Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5 and line a baking tray with parchment.
Make sure your butter is softened - if still hard pop in the microwave for 10-15 seconds until soft.
STEP 2: MIX
Put your dry ingredients (plain flour, brown sugar and ginger), into a mixing bowl, add the butter and rub with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Make a well in the centre and pour in the honey or glucose syrup, then mix together.
Tip the dough out onto your worktop and knead until smooth.
Wrap your ball of dough in cling film, and place in the fridge for 15 minutes to firm up.
STEP 3: BAKE
Roll out your dough on a piece of parchment paper to about 5mm thick.
Cut out your gingerbread shapes using your cutters (top tip: push down firmly then give a little wiggle to release).
Use a spatula or flat knife to lift the shapes onto your lined baking tray, leaving about 50mm space between each one.
Keep cutting out your shapes, re-roll any offcuts, and repeat until all the dough has been used.
Remember to make a hole in the top of your gingerbread (using a skewer or straw) for the twine.
Bake for approx 10 minutes or until golden brown (the biscuits won't be firm yet but will harden as they cool).
Remove from the oven to cool - use a wire cooling rack if you have one.
STEP 4: DECORATE
Use coloured writing icing to decorate (or make your own using powdered icing sugar and water).
Insert your twine through the hole you made earlier and tie, ready for hanging.