Easy gingerbread recipe - for biscuits and houses!

Easy gingerbread recipe - for biscuits and houses! from HildaW

egg free nut free kids can help can make in advance
Category Cakes and biscuits recipes
ServesNot stated
Prep time10 mins then 1hr cooling mins
Cook timeapprox 10 mins mins

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75g margarine or butter
2 rounded tbsp golden syrup
50g brown sugar
200g plain flour
1-2 level tsp ground ginger (to taste)
1 level tsp mixed spice
Sparse half tsp baking powder - the less you use the less the mixture rises and deforms so if you want crisp clean shapes be mean with it.

Handy Hint

This is great for children to use because it never really spoils - can be re-rolled right to the last little bit. Cook on baking parchment @ 170 C in a fan oven. Small shapes only need about 10 mins, large a little more. You can cut holes and add broken boiled sweet for window panes. Make hanging holes with a sharp tool when they come out of oven and are still soft. They crisp up as they cool. Will keep a good week in an air tight tin.


1. Heat marg/butter with syrup and sugar in a small saucepan untill mixed and melted but not boiling.
2. Sift spices and flour into a large bowl.
3. Mix the baking powder with a little cold water and add this to the warmed marg/sryrup/sugar mixture.
4. Add this, now frothing, mixture to the flour and mix to a dough. Let this cool for about an hour and then use as needed for biscuits or houses. If it gets too dry add a little water. If its too wet add a little flour. It's pretty foolproof.

gransnetter Reviews

From: HildaW on Fri 07-Oct-11 21:52:11 Overall rating: 0.0
If children are helping - just take care with the melted fat and syrup mixture but once that is stirred into the flour it cools down very quickly.