Grampa's Gingerbread Recipe
Happy Thursday friends! I can’t believe Christmas is THIS weekend!!!!!!!!!!! Can you tell I’m more than a little excited?! Over the years, Christmas baking has become a tradition. It started with my Grampa, who was a Master Baker and taught me everything he could. After he died, I didn’t bake for a while but I’m at home in the kitchen – it’s my happy place – so eventually I started baking again. One of the recipes he passed down to me was this Gingerbread one. Until now, it’s only been inside my head, but this Christmas I wanted to share it with you!
WHAT YOU NEED:
2 bowls (1 small, 1 large)
1 wooden spoon
Flat oven tray
1 ½ cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup treacle
1 egg yolk
WHAT TO DO
Line a flat ovenproof tray with baking paper.
In one bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, using the wooden spoon, cream together the butter and brown sugar, beating for about 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the treacle and egg, beat together until combined. Then mix in the dry ingredients until completely combined.
Remove the dough from the bowl and flour a clean work surface, adding flour to the dough as well. Knead well until the dough becomes soft and pliable. Roll it out as thin or thick as you like. I make mine between 1mm and 2.5mm thick. Cut out your shapes with cookie cutters – this year I had snowmen, Christmas trees, Gingerbread men, angels, stockings, candy canes, reindeer and stars!
Transfer the shapes to the tray. Cover the baking sheets and leave them for up to half an hour.
Preheat the oven to 180c.
Bake the cookies for 5-10 minutes or until just set. Leave to cool.
For the icing, mix icing sugar with lemon juice and as much food colouring as required for your preferred shade in a little bowl (I usually go pure white and bright red!) – then work quickly but carefully to decorate your cookies! Tip: if your icing mixture starts to set, just add a little water and mix!
Dig in and enjoy! Warning: these guys are seriously addictive!
Want to download the recipe? It’s here!
Do you have a favourite family recipe that you still cook? I’d love to hear about it!