Gingerbread is wonderful to make with children over Christmas time. Here is a delicious Christmas gingerbread recipe that your sure to want to keep in the recipe book to make year after year.
Growing up we didn’t have many traditions but one we did have was to share a store bought gingerbread house as a family and see if it could last past Boxing Day. Of course it never did.
To be honest, I’ve never made gingerbread but the many recipes flying around the net at the moment had me quite inspired to give it a try. I was also thinking it would be fun to have children decorate, but that’s a post for another day. LOL
You will need
- 5 cups flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tbsp powdered ginger
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup Copha
- 1 cup Molasses
Melt the Copha in a saucepan before adding sugar and molasses. Mix until the sugar is completely dissolved. Sift the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and ginger together in a mixing bowl. Slowly add 4 cups of the dry ingredients to the melted mixture and mix well. Tip dough onto a bench top and knead the remaining flour into the mixture by hand.
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Roll out the dough and ensure a thickness of 0.5cm. Use cookie cutters to create your shapes. If you wish to hang your gingerbread on the tree for decoration on Christmas day I suggest you use a skewer to make a hole for string.
Place cookies on a tray with grease proof paper and cook for 15 minutes.
Once they have cooled completely you may wish to decorate your gingerbread. I used a simple store bought icing but you might be able to make your own using different colours.
I simply threaded some decorative string through the hole previously made in the gingerbread before placing it on the tree. If you decide to do something similar then I suggest you don’t allow these to be hanging for days, however, I’m sure the tempting gingerbread smell will be sure these are eaten very quickly.