This deliciously fabulous gingerbread recipe from the Biscuiteers Baking Company is guaranteed to become a firm family favourite. You could even make some more characters to add to their DIY Gingerbread House Kit! What characters will you create?
350g plain flour
100g self-raising flour
1 tablespoon of ground ginger
125g granulated sugar
125g salted butter, diced
125g golden syrup
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Preheat the oven to 170°c/350°f/gas mark 4 before you begin making your gingerbread.
Sift the flours together into a mixing bowl, add the sugar and ground ginger, and mix well.
Add the butter. Using just the tips of your fingers, rub together the ingredients until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
When all the butter is evenly mixed in, make a well in the centre and add the syrup and the egg.
Mix well, drawing in any of the flour left at the sides of the bowl and stop as soon as a ball has formed.
Place the dough onto your clean worktop. Divide into two and squash the dough into two even-sized flat discs. Cover and chill until ready to use, or roll out immediately.
Place the dough on a sheet of parchment and begin by gently squashing the dough down with a rolling pin or your hands. Cover with a second sheet of parchment and then use the rolling pin to roll out properly.
The top sheet of paper may crinkle from time to time, just peel it off and smooth it down gently before starting to roll again.
Gently roll the dough until it is 5mm thick all over, then transfer the whole sheet of rolled dough still sandwiched between its sheets of parchment to a baking tray and place in the fridge to chill for at least 20 – 30 minutes before cutting.
Whilst your dough is firming up, you can draw out your gingerbread man template on a piece of parchment paper. Once this is done, score around the dough and template carefully to get your shapes.
Remove your tray from the fridge and lay the templates out on the dough. Using a sharp knife, score around each one gently and peel away any excess dough. If you want to make these into decorations, make a hole at the top of each gingerbread man, leave a 1cm gap from the top.
Bake your gingerbread on the parchment paper for 30 mins at 170°C. Cool them completely before starting to decorate.
Oh, and do make sure you share your creations with @makeitshabby and @biscuiteersltd on Twitter with the hashtag #jollygingers and don’t forget to enter our competition to win some fabulous Biscuiteers Jolly Ginger Santas!