Christmas Gingerbread

        
Christmas Gingerbread

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Makes

8-10

Portions
.Suitable for freezing
.Preparation

30-60

minutes
.

15

minutes cooking time

Ingredients

  • 410g self raising flour
  • 125g dark brown soft sugar
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 125g unsalted butter, diced and chilled
  • 125g treacle
  • 1 egg, beaten

Method

  1. Heat the oven to Gas mark 6, 200°C and line a baking tray with non stick paper.
  2. Add the dry ingredients to the food processor.
  3. While running, add the diced butter to the dry mixture and keep processing until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
  4. While running add the treacle and egg and mix until a dough forms.
  5. Chill in the fridge for 30 mins to 1 hour.
  6. Roll out and cut.
  7. Place on the baking tray and bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Tips!

Keep an eye on the gingerbread so that the edges don’t catch.

If you are in a rush then chilling the gingerbread is not a necessity. I cooked a batch that was not chilled and the shapes I’d cut kept their shape really well.

If you want to use your gingerbread as decorations to hang on the Christmas tree then carefully put a hole in each biscuit using the thick end of a chopstick before baking. Once cooked and before the biscuits have cooled use the chopstick to open out the hole again. Once thoroughly cooled, decorate your biscuits with icing and sprinkles. The more the merrier! Thread a festive ribbon through the hole and hang on your Christmas tree.

Baker Be

Baker Be

My love of food has developed throughout my life and most of my memories – be they of my travels, past jobs, past events, are based around food. My cooking style is above all practical – simple but yummy food, ideal for family and friends.

I became a primary teacher 10 years ago and have spent the last 5 years as a reception teacher. I have always loved cooking with the children I teach. Apart from teaching them basic cooking skills there is also a huge array of other benefits to getting children cooking: developing maths skills (weighing/measuring/halving etc); literacy skills (reading recipes); team work/negotiation/turn taking; being creative; understanding how to be healthy….. the list goes on and on.

I am lucky to live in Hexham, Northumbria, which is a county full of gorgeous foody places, many of which are great for children. I am a mum of two boys and have started to impart my knowledge of cooking onto them. Having children has also broadened my cooking skills. My baking has definitely improved as there is now a need for birthday cakes and contributions to school cake stalls! My eldest son has various food allergies and intolerances so I have learnt and developed a range of recipes for him encompassing egg, dairy, soya and tomato free diets. I feel really strongly about supporting parents with children with allergies so that they can cook homemade, nutritious and delicious food for their children. No child should have to miss out.

I started ‘Baker Be' as I am passionate about getting children cooking and interested in food. Having the skills and knowledge to cook a balanced diet is a life skill which every child has the right to be taught. Cooking is also creative, fun and practical and all children can be involved.

Qualifications

  • Fully qualified teacher with 10 years experience
  • Full DBS Disclosure Certificate held
  • Foods Standards Agency – Allergy Training
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene for Catering
  • HABC Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid

Fun

My belief is that children learn the best in a fun and relaxed environment. I encourage every child to get stuck in and have a go. I certainly don't mind a bit of flour on the floor! If your pizza isn't perfect or your cake collapses it doesn't matter!! We have been creative and have learnt something.

Promoting a healthy lifestyle

In teaching children to cook their own food from scratch we are providing them with a better understanding of nutrition. In giving children the opportunity to taste and enjoy new and healthy foods we are encouraging them to make good food choices now and throughout their lives.





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