Christmas crazies and Gingerbread

I think I have gone into Christmas denial. It’s probably not a bad way to be, because, honestly Christmas seems a little out of control. Too many presents, too much rushing around trying to find a little something for so-and-so who really doesn’t need it anyway, too much too much too much. Next year I am going to do it differently. I am not sure how, but it’s going to be better because surely it can be. Maybe it’s handmade goodies, or more baking or more oxfam goats or more about family and less about stuff. I can’t help feeling a bit saturated.
But one good thing this year is that amazing gingerbread recipe — it’s SO easy; it’s a melt and mix on, so no creaming of butter and sugar required and it’s really yummy. It’s from a kid’s cookbook called The Children’s Step-by-Step Cookbook (which is the one that tends to inspire Amelia into a kind of food frenzy).

Gingerbread folk (makes about 30 biscuits)


340g (12 oz) flour
115g (4 oz) butter
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1 beaten egg
4 tablespoons of golden syrup
175g (6 oz) soft brown sugar (I use dark brown sugar here)
A few currants

Melt butter, sugar and golden syrup over low heat.

Sift the flour, ginger and bicarb soda into a bowl. Add the syrup mixture and the beaten egg.

Mix everything together and then knead it into a ball.

Chill the dough in a plastic bag in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven at 190c / 375f / Gas mark 5.

Grease baking trays (I just use baking paper).

Sprinkle flour on bench top and rolling pin and roll out dough to a thickness of 1/2 cm (1/4 inch).

Cut out shapes and place on a baking tray. Decorate with currants and then bake for 10-15 mins until they are golden brown. Lift them onto a wire rack to cool.

Try not to eat all of them before you give them away. This step is extremely difficult.

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15 Responses

  1. says:

    For those of us who have a hard time finding golden syrup, I wonder if corn syrup is a decent substitute?

  2. I have just looked up some substitute ideas on google — and came up with this page:
    which has some suggestions… Hope that helps.

  3. I’ve just secured an Oxfam duck.And I’m about to bring out my gingerbread house template.
    I’m trying to have th christmas your yearning for.
    Mainly because i found a Christmas present in the cupboard last week that was still in it’s box from last year. So it’s to heck with overdone Christmas.
    Bring on the (homemade) revolution.

  4. yes, I agree long live the homemade revolution. As I am timerich and cashpoor this season pretty much ALL of my presents are handmade and it just feels so much better. I really think that is the secret, less consuming, more love and a couple of goats and rams (Aussie adoption program featured on Whipup) Merry Christmas and thanks for the recipe.

  5. thanks for the resipe, I can’t wait to try it out (I love simple recipe!)

  6. says:

    Oooooh if this is the recipe for the Moomin cookies you gave me, I may have to make more, I think I at the whole lot in under two days! Paul didnt even get a look in, they are totally adictive, very good with a cup of Chai tea also.

  7. I’m with you on the christmas quietening down thing. It’s insane.

  8. hey claire, thanks for sharing this, i’ve just made a shopping list and down here in uruguay, things are measured in grams and baking soda is called bicarbonate of soda..for once i don’t have to convert everything to how i’m used to measuring!
    accidentally, we will be having a simple christmas this year, since we are living with just the things that we brought with us and a few gifts, small tree…i don’t feel like we’re missing a thing. 🙂

  9. Saturated..such a good word. i will be feeling this way on Saturday. Saturated on Saturday! Looking forward to just stopping, not thinking about Christmas preparations and being with family.

  10. oh they are good! no way they are going to make it to Christmas, I think I have eaten half already! thanks so much.

  11. Ooooh. Sounds yummy. I will have to try to make some this week before we leave for the holidays.

  12. thanks for sharing the recipe!

  13. Couldn’t agree with you more on the christams thing, and it seems like theres no way of slowing it down unless you want to be labeled a scrooge! Maybe the key is smaller and defintley less gifts that are actually meaningful and not just stuff…I was just about to search for a ginger bread recipe! I’m making them ‘Gluten free’ and possibly leave out the currents…

  14. says:

    Hi Claire, I just made a batch of the gingerbread folk (well, christmas trees) and they are devine! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  15. Hi ClaireAre the tablespoons the golden syrup is measured in Imperial (15ml, 3 tsp) or Metric (20ml, 4tsp)?

    Will assume that as the recipe is from an american book and so is 15ml. Hope it turns out all right!