Wow, it’s the last day in my #12daysofDIY challenge!
How fast has that gone! I have loved every minute and you guys have helped me raise an amazing £47 for Shelter so far this year! There is still chance to donate throughout Christmas, so if you have enjoyed any of my posts and would like to help a worthy cause head over to my Just Giving page here.
For day 12 and the final day in my #MadeUpFestive challenge, I had a go at making gingerbread biscuits! Although they are a festive favourite at this time of year, I had never made gingerbread before, so thought it was a great time to get baking.
I usually like to make healthier sweet treats, but as gingerbread is so iconic, I wanted to give this traditional recipe a go before experimenting with healthier options. After a little googling I found a recipe online here, that looked easy and fun.
Here’s how I got on making ginger bread biscuits for the first time…
60g of brown sugar
4 tbsp of golden syrup
75g of butter
175g of flour
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of ginger (use more if you like your biscuits gingery)
I started by melting the sugar, butter and syrup in a small milk pan over a low heat. Once melted completely I poured into a bowl and added the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger before giving it all a good stir. The mixture was lovely and gooey at this point so I placed the bowl in the fridge for an hour or so to allow it to cool and harden.
I then took it out of the fridge and allowed it to warm up for about 5 minutes at room temperature before grabbing a handful of the mixture to roll out. I started with a small handful to roll out so it was manageable on my chopping board. I used a small rolling pin (think ours is technically a pizza roller but same thing), to flatten the mixture to a few millimeters thick.
Next I grabbed my star cutters I bought from Lakeland here, and stamped out as many shapes as I could from that one sheet. I laid them on a baking tray with plenty of space in between and popped them in the oven at 150 degrees c. The biscuits only took about 5 minutes to turn golden so I made a few batches in the meantime and kept swapping over the trays after each one was done.
The biscuits cooled quiet fast but I found they were easiest to take off the trays whilst still warm, as they were less likely to snap, so stacked them up in a plate as they came out of the oven.
I was really pleased with how my first attempt at gingerbread turned out, they tasted lovely and sweet with a hint of ginger. As they are only thin and light, it’s so easy to eat a few at a time, I can’t wait to share these with friends and family over the festive period.
I love discovering new recipes and am really happy that I have learnt something new.
Throughout this creative challenge, I am posting everyday for #12daysofDIY to help raise money an awareness for Shelter. Today is the final day and if you would like to see why I started this challenge and the full list of DIY’s click here.
Thank you again for joining me,