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Gingerbread

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Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 20
Author: Brasserie Bread

Ingredients

Gingerbread

  • 560 g organic unbleached plain flour
  • 2.5 g salt
  • 2.5 g baking soda
  • 10 g ground ginger
  • 2.5 g ground cinnamon
  • 2.5 g ground nutmeg
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g soft brown sugar
  • 160 g golden syrup
  • 30 g whole egg
  • 40 g egg yolk

Royal Icing

  • 20 g egg white
  • 125 g icing sugar
  • Squeeze of lemon

Instructions

Gingerbread

  • Preheat oven to 160C. Sift flour, baking soda and spices together with salt.
  • Cream butter, sugar and golden syrup in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the egg and egg yolks slowly.
  • Add the dry ingredients in batches.
  • Mix thoroughly, then shape into a rectangle log. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  • On a lightly floured bench, roll dough out to a 3-4mm thickness. Cut out shapes and place on baking paper (off cuts can be remoulded and used again).
  • Bake for approximately 15 minutes until very light golden colour.
  • Cool on trays, then store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Royal Icing

  • Mix together egg whites with a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • Gradually stir in sifted sugar then whip until light and fluffy.
  • Colours may be added and could include beetroot juice (for red) and spinach juice (for green).