Now that all the Christmas preparations are well under way, why not try this week's festive recipe? Our gingerbread star garlands not only taste delicious, they also look very pretty decorating the tree or mantelpiece. And they are so easy to make even the children can lend a hand.
Cooking Time 10 mins
125g unsalted butter, softened and diced
60g soft brown sugar
90g golden syrup
1 lightly beaten free-range egg
250 plain flour
30g self raising flour
1 tablespoon of ginger
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
Some ribbon or thread for hanging.
Preheat the oven to 180C, and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Cream together the butter, sugar and golden syrup. Add the egg and continue to beat.
Sift all the dry ingredients together. Add to the butter mixture and continue to mix.
Roll out the dough and knead briefly until smooth. Wrap in cling fling and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Roll the dough out to 0.5cm in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters cut out the gingerbread shapes, and with a wooden skewer make a small hole. The hole should be big enough to thread a ribbon through. Place on the baking tray and remember to leave a gap between them.
Bake for 10 mins, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.
Thread all the stars onto one long ribbon, and use to decorate your tree or mantelpiece.
Recipe and styling: Claire Morgan
Photographs: Andrew Boyd