Ingredients
Gingerbread mixture
380 g cake flour
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
100 g brown sugar
130 g butter
130 g golden syrup
1 pinch salt
1 egg yolk

Royal icing
250 g white sugar
1 egg white
1 – 2 tsp lemon juice, to taste
Food colouring

Method

Gingerbread mixture

  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with backing paper and set aside.
  • Place all ingredients into mixing bowl and mix 12 sec/speed 6, then knead 50 sec/knead.
  • Transfer gingerbread mixture onto a lightly floured Thermomat or work suface, and shape into a smooth ball. Transfer mixture into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and place into refrigerator for 30 minutes to chill.
  • Place chilled gingerbread mixture between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out to a 4mm thickness. Remove top layer of baking paper, then using a cookie cutter, cut out desired shapes (eg. gingerbread people, Christmas trees).
  • Place gingerbread shapes onto prepared baking tray and bake for 10 minutes (180°C) until lightly golden. Allow to cool slightly, then transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Decorate shapes as desired, then serve or store in an airtight container.

Royal icing

  • Place sugar into mixing bowl and mill 30 sec/speed 9.
  • Add all remaining ingredients and mix 5 sec/speed 7.
  • Add food colouring if desired.
  • Use in a piping bag to decorate gingerbread biscuits.

Cooks Tip
•    This recipe produces 12–18 gingerbread biscuits, depending on your cookie cutter size.

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Gingerbread Biscuits

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