Christmas Gingerbread

Christmas Gingerbread

Here’s a recipe for some tasty gingerbread to make with your kids.  Easy to make and very tasty!



75g golden syrup

100g light brown sugar

100g butter

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp salt

250g plain flour

2 tbsp beaten egg



Preheat the oven to 160 C, 140 C fan, gas mark 3

Add sugar, butter, syrup and spices to a large saucepan and cook over a low heat until all the sugar has dissolved

Remove from the heat and mix in the bicarbonate of soda (this will make the mixture frothy)

Put in a bowl and cool for 15 mins

Add the flour and salt a few tablespoons at a time and mix in well

Add the beaten egg and mix lightly – this will give you a sticky dough

Wrap the dough in cling film and leave to cool in the fridge for about an hour.

This dough is very sticky, so I suggest sprinkling some flour onto greaseproof paper and rolling the dough between two sheets of greaseproof paper to about 5mm thick.

Then cut out your festive shapes with cutters, place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and cook for 15 minutes (or until they’re just turning brown at the edges)

You’ll probably get about 3 batches of gingerbread with this amount of dough


When the gingerbread is cool you can decorate it.  I use royal icing (you can buy this in the supermarket then just add water), or you could use writing icing (again bought from the supermarket in tubes).  Let the kids ice the edges of the shapes and stick smarties or other small coloured sweets into the icing for more colour.  Let the icing dry and you’re done – time to eat the results!!


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