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Gingerbread Place Settings

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About the bake

Give your Christmas dinner table a touch of character this year with these personalised gingerbread place settings. These biscuits are a novel and fun idea, plus a great after-dinner snack (if you are not too full from all of the turkey!)

30Total Time
20Prep Time
10Bake Time
16Serves
Easy

Method

  1. Step 1:

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°C, gas mark 4). Line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper.

  2. Step 2:

    Sieve the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Using your fingertips rub in the butter until you get a fine breadcrumb texture, then add the sugar and stir in.

  3. Step 3:

    Whisk the beaten egg and the golden syrup and add to the bowl. Mix to form a dough.

  4. Step 4:

    Lightly flour your work surface then roll out the dough to a thickness of 3-4mm. Cut out the shapes using a gingerbread cutter and lay each one out onto the baking trays.

  5. Step 5:

    Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until golden brown.

  6. Step 6:

    Once baked, leave to cool on a wire rack.

  7. Step 7:

    To make writing icing, mix the icing sugar with a few drops of water until it forms a smooth and loose paste (runny enough to pipe but not too runny it won't set). Fill your piping bag with the icing and decorate as you wish. 

  8. Step 8:

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Ingredients

  • For the Gingerbread

    • 350g Allinson's plain white flour
    • 1 tsp Ginger (ground)
    • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
    • 100g Unsalted butter (cubed, cold)
    • 150g Billington's Unrefined Light Muscovado Sugar
    • 1 Free range large egg(s)
    • 4 tbsp Golden syrup
  • For the Decoration

    • 200g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • A few drops Water

Utensils

  • Baking trays
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Sieve
  • Bowl
  • Whisk

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