Here's a Gingerbread recipe you can use to make gingerbread men and gingerbread houses (see below) - brilliant for cooking with kids at Christmas. Read online or download the printable version below.
This makes for quite a strongly flavoured gingerbread. For younger children you may want to reduce the amount of ginger to ½ a teaspoon. The extra spices we add at Christmas time when they just add to that wonderful spicy aroma of Christmas baking!
12oz (350g) plain flour
6oz (175g) light soft brown sugar
4oz (100g) unsalted butter
1 egg beaten
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon (optional)
½ teaspoon of mixed spice (optional)
4 tablespoons of golden syrup
Sieve the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl. Chop the butter into pieces and rub in to the flour. Mix in the sugar.
Add the egg and syrup and mix into a dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and pop into the fridge for an hour. Use to make gingerbread men and gingerbread houses (simple) or gingerbread houses (traditional).