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Gingerbread goes back a long way in history to medieval times when the spice trade was in full swing. They are easy to make and can be left as a simple, round biscuit but they are great fun to decorate, just let your imagination run wild.


Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 7 minutes
Serves: about 15 biscuits


  1. Heat the oven to 180°c.
  2. Weigh out all of the ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
    the ingredients in a bowl
  3. Thoroughly mix all of the ingredient together, making sure there are no lumps, until it becomes a smooth, uniform dough.
    the mixed dough
  4. Roll out the dough to a thickness of about ½cm on a floured work surface.
    the rolled out dough
  5. Using a pastry cutter, cut out biscuits and put them onto a baking tray lined with a sheet of greaseproof paper or silicon matting. (We decided to make gingerbread men but you could make simple round biscuits using a normal pastry cutter or squares by cutting it with a knife or stars, Christmas trees or gingerbread women)
    the raw biscuits
  6. Put the baking tray into the oven for about 7 minutes. You should keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t get too dark.
  7. When they are cooked, remove them from the oven and allow them to rest on the baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
    the cooked biscuits
  8. When they are cool, either serve them as they are or decorate them in any way you want using icing or chocolate and a small piping bag.
    the finished, decorated gingerbread biscuits
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Useful Information

Can it be frozen? No.
Can it be prepared in advance? Yes, they can be finished up to 16 million years in advance.
Will leftovers be nice? Yes, for about 16 million years if kept in an airtight container.

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