Gingerbread recipe

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Gingerbread has been enjoyed at Christmas for many many years. Learn how to make your own festive gingerbread with this easy-to-follow recipe card.

Gingerbread Recipe Activity Sheet

Equipment

  • Baking tray

  • Weighing scales

  • Grater

  • Chopping board

  • Knife

  • Bowl

  • Measuring spoons

  • Fork

  • Sieve

  • Mixing bowl

  • Wooden spoon

  • Rolling pin

  • Cutter

  • Fish slice

  • Cooling rack

Method

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 180C, 160C fan, or Gas Mark 4.

  • Step 2

    Use scissors to cut the pieces of parchment to fit the size of the baking tray.

  • Step 3

    Make sure your chopping board is secure, then grate the orange by moving it in a downwards motion on the grater. Only ever grate in one direction.

  • Step 4

    Use the bridge technique to slice it in half. Juice both halves of the orange and set aside.

  • Step 5

    Break the egg into a small mixing bowl. Add the grated orange zest and two tablespoons of the orange juice to the bowl. Use a fork to beat the mixture.

  • Step 6

    Sieve the plain and wholemeal flour into a medium mixing bowl. Then add in the ground ginger, ground cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda and sugar.

  • Step 7

    Cube the spread using a table knife and add to the bowl. Use your fingers to rub it into the flour and sugar until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.

  • Step 8

    Tip the egg mixture into the bowl. Stir well until it becomes a smooth, stiff paste which you can squeeze into a ball.

  • Step 9

    Make sure your workbench is clean and dry and sprinkle extra flour across it. Lightly dust your rolling pin with flour too.

  • Step 10

    Place the dough on the bench and use the rolling pin to roll the dough out evenly.

  • Step 11

    Using a biscuit cutter, press into the dough to make shapes of your choice. Carefully scoop under the shapes and place them onto the baking tray.

  • Step 12

    Decorate with anything you like!

  • Step 13

    With oven gloves on, place the baking tray into the centre of the preheated oven. They should take about 8-10 minutes to cook, or until they're golden.

  • Step 14

    When they're golden, remove the tray from the oven and leave to cool on a cooling rack. When the biscuits are cool and hard, they're ready to eat!

Ingredients

Makes:
1
small orange
1
egg
125g
plain flour
125g
wholemeal flour
1/2
teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1
tablespoon ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon ground ginger
50g
soft brown sugar
50g
unsaturated fat spread

Something to try next time

To make chocolate orange gingerbread shapes, replace 1 tablespoon  of plain flour with 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder.