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Make this gingerbread Christmas tree

Christmas just ain't Christmas without a gingerbread or two. This year make this Christmas tree one by local foodie blogger and recipe creator, Neha D'Souza.

Get the kids involved too and make some festive memories along the way. Take it away Neha…

Ingredients

350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp chai/all spice mix
125g butter
175g light Muscovado sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp golden syrup
Royal Icing – 1 tbsp Meringue powder, 4-5 tbsp water, 335 grams icing sugar, couple of drops of orange essence (optional)

Method

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.

Stir in golden syrup and egg.

Combine the flour, bicarb, cinnamon, ginger and chai.

Add in the wet mixture to the flour mixture and mix with a wooden spoon. Knead lightly to form a smooth dough.

Cover in cling film and chill for about an hour and then preheat the oven to 180 C.

The dough is enough for 1 big tree or two medium ones. Layer each star with a small star to give it some height.

On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to ½cm thickness and cut the star shapes. Place biscuits 2 cm apart on lightly greased baking trays. I have steel baking trays which you can also grease and roll straight out and cut on them too – I find it much easier doing it this way.

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes in the pre-heated oven, until firm then remove from baking trays to cool.

Mix the water and meringue powder then gradually whisk in icing sugar and add the essence at the end.

Decorate each star, then compile the tree with the help of royal icing.  For snow topped tree, sprinkle with icing sugar.

Recipe by Neha D’Souza, blogger @ Mostly Food and Travel.

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