Tuesday, 17 December 2013


This recipe should have been on the blog since I first started, it’s a massively obvious, but better late than never. The biscuit itself is pretty conventional, although I use some black treacle to give a deeper, richer flavour, and lemon icing to make the decoration taste good as well as look good. Now for the best part: the shapes. You’ll notice these lads are doing all sort. One’s doing kick ups, 3 of them are on holiday, one has got a girlfriend, one has got a son, one is doing movember, and one is me. They’re all a bit wonky, but no lad is perfect, even if made from gingerbread.

200g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
75g butter
100g soft brown sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp black treacle
1 tbsp golden syrup

For the icing
2 tsp lemon juice
3 tbsp icing sugar

Sift together the flour, bicarb, ginger and cinnamon then rub in the butter until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Stir in the sugar then make a well in the mixture. Beat together the egg, treacle and golden syrup and pour into the well. Mix until it clumps together into a dough. Shape into a ball, wrap in some cling film then pop in the fridge for about 15 minutes to rest.

Heat the oven to fan160/180c/4 and line 2 baking trays. Once the dough has rested get it out of the fridge and roll around a little in your hands to warm up and make it easier to roll out. Lightly dust the surface and dough with flour, then roll out of the dough and begin to cut, to whatever shapes and thickness you want.

Once all are done, bake towards to bottom of the oven for 10-12 minutes, until golden and firm. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

For the decoration, mix together the lemon juice and icing sugar until really thick and spoon into a small piping bag, with the thinnest nozzle fitted. Pine of eyes, and mouths and any other features you want the ginger people to have.  I used a little bit of lemon zest for the hair. Ginger bodies, blonde locks.

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