Gorgeous Homemade Gingerbread!

Yet another rainy (August!) day provided the perfect opportunity to do some baking with the little ones. We opted to make gingerbread as it’s pretty simple and is fantastic for the kids to knead and cut out by themselves as the dough can take a lot of handling. The recipe and method we like to use is this:

  • 7 oz plain flour
  • 3 oz butter
  • 2 oz sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2-3 tsp ground ginger (we like to use 3 as we love ginger!)
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 desert spoon water
Preheat oven to 190 C and grease the baking trays. Heat the butter, syrup and sugar but do not let them boil! Once melted, take off the heat and add the flour and spices. Stir and add bicarbonate of soda and water into the mixture. Knead into a ball and roll out onto a floured surface. Then cut out using cutters. Bake for 5 – 8 minutes depending on the thickness of the gingerbread. 
Our gingerbread tasted yummy and the kids loved the process of making the dough and cutting out all the different shapes. They taste much nicer than shop bought gingerbread too! You could also add choc chips/raisins/icing etc to decorate the gingerbread. The kids love making funny faces and adding all sorts of weird and strange features! A yummy rainy day activity!
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