Today is Blue Monday. Exactly what we all wanted to hear right? I mean seriously who comes up with these things?! If its not kiss a ginger day, its short girl appreciation day, what next?
Anyway, this is one of my more unusual posts, in fact, I don't think I have ever even done a recipe post! I tend to bake over Christmas and New Year, and this year I've been obsessed with gingerbread. It is so simple to make, and tastes absolutely delicious, so if you are feeling the January blues, a relaxing bake and a gingerbread snack is maybe exactly what you need...
100g Light muscovado sugar
85g Golden syrup
100g Salted butter
1 Tsp bicarbonate of soda
350g Plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 Tsp ground cinnamon
1Tsp ground ginger
Star cookie cutters
Ready roll icing
Tub of royal icing
Sift together flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into a bowl and mix together. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
2. Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the mixture and blend until the mixture clumps together. Knead the mixture briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line baking trays with greaseproof paper.
4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a floured surface. Cut out the gingerbread shapes and place on the baking tray.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, checking regularly. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool.