Recipe for gingerbread


350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
125g butter
175g light soft brown sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp golden syrup


  • Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon.
  • Add the butter and sugar and make into breadcrumbs using a fork or fingers.
  • Beat the egg and golden syrup together. Add this to the flour and mix until it clumps together.
  • Tip out the dough, knead until smooth, wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  • Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface.
  • Use cutters to cut out shapes and place on the baking tray.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • When cool, decorate with icing sugar.