Saturday, 24 December 2016

Blogmas: Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorations

Merry Christmas Eve! It's nearly the big day, and what better way to spend Christmas Eve than with a bit of baking. You might have seen my Cherry and Chocolate Brownies post, they are seriously to die for. For the second part of my baking series with Opies, I made their Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorations. I loved the idea of having gingerbread hanging on the tree, it's a different twist on having chocolate decorations....do they still make them?!
Ingredients 
340g plain flour (plus extra for rolling out)
5g bicarbonate of soda
12g ground ginger
50g Opies stem ginger (roughly chopped)
5g ground cinnamon
125g unsalted butter 
175g light brown sugar 
1 egg 
60g syrup from stem ginger 
Icing for decoration

The method for this recipe was super simple, find it here. The recipe says to use a food processor, but I don't have one and I really don't think that it made that much of a difference. It was just a little bit more work. Once the dough was made, it was time for the fun bit, cutting out the biscuits. I bought some festive cookie cutters of Amazon for about £4, which I think was really reasonable. 
Once they were all cut out, they went into the oven for 10-15 mins. As soon as they were out, I made the holes to allow me to put the string through to hang them on the tree. This is best to do as soon as they come out of the oven before they harden. 
Once the biscuits were fully cooled, I then began icing them. I have never used a piping bag to ice before, so it was HARD and took me HOURS, but it was totally worth it. I have a new found respect for people who can do perfect icing. Once they were all decorated, I then left them for about 15 mins until the icing had fully dried. I then popped some string through the holes and placed them on the tree. I split the batch in half, with half to hang on the tree and the other half without holes to take to my family for Christmas. 
And there we go, gingerbread tree decorations DONE!
What are your favourite festive bakes?
Love, Kate xx

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