Chrismas Gingerbead Cookies in the wild ,eaten while walking the coastal path in Devon , the red blobs are actually Scarlet Elf Cap Wild Mushroom growing in the grass. This is probably going to be my Christmas card .This image has been submitted to the Eat Christmas Cookie event on Food Blogga– foodblogga.blogspot.com
Are the Christmas Carols getting to you yet? I foolishly whipped myself into a panic by buying some food magazines with a frightening focus on the perfect Christmas … up till 3am trying to decide if I wanted a stylish Christmas or a simple Christmas or an ethical Christmas or a bohemian Christmas or traditional Christmas… tempted to say I will be having a Marmite Christmas ….. and give up on the whole thing.
One article did mention making home made gifts for your freinds and family including ginger biscuits . I have had this recipe hanging around for a while and all the ingredients in stock so thought I might make some while baking the Carrot and Apple Cake
This recipe worked really well and I think a future batch might be left in the hallway to the flats – gotta keep the neighbours sweet and just a little but spicey
300g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of Salt
175g unsalted butter, diced
175 g caster sugar
3tbsp golden syrup
1 medium egg, beaten
Makes 40 small stars ( 3cm across)
1. Sift the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne and salt into a mixing bowl.
2. Add in the butter and sugar and rub in until the butter is absorbed .
3. Mix in the syrup and the egg to make a fairly stiff, smooth dough.
Leave the dough in the fridge for at least 40 minute
4. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.
5. Roll out the dough to 3mm thickness. Cut out biscuits into desired shapes.
6. Place the gingerbread biscuits on greased, non-stick baking sheets.
7. Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
8. Remove the biscuits from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheets.
9. You can decorate with Royal Icing or simply dust with snow well icing sugar
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