Gingerbread Guys and Dolls (GF)

Gluten Free Gingerbread Man

Makes: 15-20 Biscuits (Depending on the size of your cutter)

I have introduced a new twist on the classic gingerbread which is stem ginger. The house will smell heavenly as the gingerbread cooks in the oven – This recipe certainly lives up to its name as it is packed with a lot of ginger punch!

Ingredients:

275g / 10oz gluten-free plain flour
1 dessert spoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
75g / 3oz cold butter
50g / 2oz dark brown sugar
25g / 1oz stem ginger, finely chopped
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1 medium egg yolk

Pre-heat the oven to 190°C / Fan 170°C / 375F / Gas 5

Method:

1. Sieve the gluten-free flour, ground ginger, xanthan gum and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl.

2. Using cool hands, rub in the butter to resemble fine bread crumbs, then stir in the sugar, stem ginger, golden syrup and egg yolk. Using a wooden spoon, stir until thoroughly combined.

3. Turn out onto a floured work surface, (gluten-free of course) and knead until a firm dough has formed. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

4. Re-flour the work surface and roll out the dough to 4mm thick. Use your cutters to make the gingerbread shapes and place on a lightly greased baking tray.

5. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until firm, then turn out on to a cooling tray.  Once cool, decorate with smiley icing faces and patterned decoration.

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