Christmas Gingerbread

Hello! It's another Christmas Cooking episode!!!

Today's recipe is for quick and easy Gingerbread decorations. This was my first time trying Gingerbread so they definitely have that homemade look! :) *blushes* but I think there's something about that homemade look that gives Christmas baking and making that extra festive charm!

For this recipe you will need:

2tbsp Golden Syrup
1tbsp Black Treacle
50g Soft Light Brown Sugar
25g Butter
175g Plain Flour
3/4tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2tsp mixed spice
1 1/2tsp ground ginger
1 egg yolk

For decoration you can buy ready made icing or make your own royal icing with different brightly coloured food colourings. You'll also need some festive looking ribbons for hanging your Gingerbread.

Before we start you'll need to pre-heat the over to Gas Mark 5 or 190°C, and line several baking trays with greaseproof baking paper.

Pop the Golden Syrup, Black Treacle, Sugar and Butter all in a saucepan on a low heat stirring occasionally until the butter has all melted into the syrup.

(Silly old me had bought dark brown sugar, so as you'll see from the phots they look more like chocolatebread than gingerbread, but luckily I can promise you they taste the same. For a lighter golden look be sure to use light brown sugar!)

Once that's done pop the rest of your ingredients (that's the flour, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice, ginger and egg yolk) all into a large mixing bowl and add the treacle mixture. Mix it all together to form a soft dough.

Tip: If you find your dough too sticky add small amounts of flour a bit at a time until your dough reaches a more malleable consistency.

Then remove the dough from the bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Finally roll out the dough into a thin sheet and using a selection of your favourite festive cutters. If you want to make them into edible decorations like me, make sure you use a plastic straw to cut a small hole at the top of each one. Cut out as many shapes as you can and pop them on the grease-proof paper.

Don't worry about the excess you can re-roll this as much as you like to get the most out of your dough. I think I ended up with 3 baking trays full of gingerbread so there will be plenty to go round.

Then all you have to do is pop them in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden and leave to cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.

That Tree's a little brown isn't he? (oops) well I never said they'd be perfect!

After they've cooled down all you then need to do is decorate. My decorations certainly aren't award winning, but I had a lot of fun baking them and even more eating them! To finish off add a little festive coloured ribbon through the hole and voila! -  Edible Christmas Gingerbread decorations for your tree.

So there you have it, my Christmas Gingerbread Decorations.

There's so easy to make, have a go yourself.

If you try these out let me know and tag me in your post! It would be great to see you enjoying them too!

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Come back tomorrow for another addition to this year's Christmas Baking & Making!

Thanks for reading!

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