Gingerbread People

Photography by Martin Penfold

This traditional gingerbread men recipe makes a soft gingerbread rather than a brittle biscuit

350g gluten-free plain flour
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
100g dairy-free margarine
175g brown sugar
1 large egg, beaten
4 tablespoons golden syrup

Preheat your oven to 180’C / 350’F /Gas 4.

Line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.

In a large bowl sift together the gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, bicarb of soda, salt and ginger.

Rub in the dairy-free margarine until it resembles breadcrumbs then stir in the sugar.

In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and golden syrup then pour into the flour mixture.

Mix to make a dough, then knead lightly on a floured surface to bring together.

Roll the dough to about a ¼ inch thickness, then cut out gingerbread men shapes with your cutter.

Bake for no more than 10 minutes.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes then place on a cooling rack.

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