Gingerbread Men

This gingerbread recipe is pretty much fool proof for the perfect gingerbread. If you don’t fancy your hand at baking, these delicious festive sweet treats can be found in the form of blue and white striped pyjamas on our Snowman Afternoon Tea

Ingredients

150g Light Brown soft sugar, 4tbsp Treacle, 2 tbsp Black Treacle, 2 tbsp cold water, 2 tsp ground Cinnamon, 2 tsp ground Ginger, 1tsp Mixed Spice, 180g Butter ,1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda, 450g Plain Flour

In a heavy based sauce pan place the sugar, treacles, water and butter. Gently heat until all of the ingredients have melted together.

In a large glass bowl sift together all of the dried ingredients and pour in the sugar, butter and treacle mixture. Bring together with your hands until all of the ingredients have combined.

Leave the dough to cool in a covered bowl for 20-30 minutes.

Pre heat your oven to 180ºc

On a floured surface roll out half of the dough to around 5mm thick and cut out your favourite gingerbread shapes. Using a spatula carefully place on a lightly floured baking sheet and using a cutter place a 5mm hole in each of the biscuits if you’re making these for hanging on your Christmas tree.

Place into the centre of the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes until the gingerbread feels firm to touch when lightly pressed. Repeat this process until you’ve used up all of the dough.

Once cooked, place to one side to cool.

Royal Icing

1kg Icing Sugar, 5 medium egg whites, 2tsp lemon juice

Beat the egg whites and lemon juice until soft peaks form.

Add Icing sugar to the mixer. Cover with a dampened tea towel and mix for 1 minute. Remove towel and beat together for a further 5-7 minutes until the icing has stiffened.

To decorate the gingerbread biscuits, place some of the royal icing into a piping bag and create your favourite characters or patterns!