Overview

  • PREP: 60 MINS
  • COOK: 10-12 MINS
  • DIFFICULTY: EASY
  • SERVES: 15

Background

This is my favourite Christmas Gingerbread Recipe perfect for kids and the whole family to enjoy making, decorating and devouring! The recipe is perfect for making gingerbread men or for making a gingerbread house. It is full of flavour and crunch!

 

1. Gingerbread Dough

  • 200g Butter
  • 200g Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 160g Golden Syrup
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolks
  • 565g Flour
  • 2g Salt
  • 3g Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 8g Ground Ginger
  • 2g Ground Cinnamon

Using a paddle attachment on speed one, mix the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup until completely smooth.
Combine the egg and yolk and add to the butter mix. Mix well on speed 1.
Combine all of the dry ingredients and add them in 2 parts to the butter mix and mix just until it comes together.
Remove from the bowl, divide into 3 or 4 parts and clingfim.
Refrigerate for several hours until fully set and cold before rolling.
If you are planning to make gingerbread men, or biscuit shapes Roll the dough to approx. 3mm thickness and cut the shapes you would like out.
Replace it on a tray in the fridge to firm up and relax again before baking.
Bake at 165C until golden brown.

# If you are making a gingerbread house, roll the dough at 4mm. Keeping it that bit thicker will just give it a bit more strength when you are standing it all up and sticking it together to build your house.
It will require a slightly longer cooking time than the thinner gingerbread men, so baking them on separate trays, or at different times would be a good idea.

2. Royal Icing

Royal icing can be coloured any colour you like. It can be made thicker if you wish to do larger decorative piping on a gingerbread house, or slightly thinner to decorate your gingerbread men.
(It is also used as the glue to hold the house together when you are constructing).

  • 160g Icing Sugar
  • 1 Egg White
  • 2g Lemon juice

Mix the three ingredients together until smooth. Depending on the size of your eggs you may find the icing a little runny or a little stiff. Adjust accordingly by adding a little more sugar or white.

Enjoy decorating! It is my favourite part! 

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