Hope you had a great weekend and are anxiously awaiting Christmas…or maybe stressing that it’s just around the corner and you have soooo much to do.

Luckily I have bought a lot of gifts online in the last month so my Christmas to do list isn’t that big, except for the baking that is.

Now I know I like to tempt you with a lot of step by step pics of the recipes but due to time and baking late hours, I will provide you with recipes and limited pics because I want to actually post some Christmas recipes before the new year.

So first one on the list is gingerbread.

Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 20
  • 150g butter, chopped
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup golden syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice, sifted
  • 3 cups plain flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, sifted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Royal Icing
  • 1 egg white
  • 1¼ cups pure icing sugar, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  1. Place butter, sugar and golden syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for a few minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  2. In a bowl sift together flour, bicarb soda, ginger and mixed spice. Add golden syrup mixture and egg and mix to combine.
  3. Divide dough in half. Flatten into discs. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease 3 baking trays.
  5. Roll dough out until about 3mm thick. Using a 7cm gingerbread cutter, cut shapes from dough, re-rolling dough scraps. Place, 2cm apart, on prepared trays. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or slightly browned and firm to touch. Leave on trays for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Icing
  8. Use a fork to beat egg white in a bowl until foamy. Gradually beat in icing sugar until combined and then stir in lemon juice. Spoon icing into a snap-lock bag and snip off one corner.
  9. Decorate gingerbread men with icing, sprinkles, chocolate buttons, raisins..whatever you like.


A good recipe to get those little helpers in on.
Have fun