Bake BOSH! Gingerbread People

A lot of gingery treats have a snappy crunch to them but with this recipe we wanted to recreate the kind of gingerbread you get at a local bakery, which has got a slightly softer, bendier texture. It took a while to perfect this recipe, but we got there eventually! If you’re like us and you love gingerbread, we urge you to give it a try.

Makes 12

350g plain flour

½ tsp salt

150g light brown sugar

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp xanthan gum

6 cloves or ½ tsp ground cloves

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

3½ tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon

100g dairy-free butter, cold from the fridge

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

50ml golden syrup

80ml dairy-free milk

For the icing

150g icing sugar

vegan sprinkles (optional)

Preheat the oven to 160°C fan • Lightly dust 2 large baking sheets with flour • Lightly dust a clean work surface and a large sheet of parchment paper with flour • Cookie cutters in the shape of people • Piping bag fitted with a fine drawing nozzle (or a piping bag you can snip the end off)

Make the dough • Put the flour, salt, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and xanthan gum into the bowl Grind the cloves if you’re using whole spices and add them to the mix Grate in the nutmeg Add the rest of the spices and stir to mix Cut the dairy-free butter into cubes and rub it into the flour mixture until you have a texture like fine breadcrumbs In a separate bowl or jug, mix together the vinegar, syrup and dairy-free milk until smooth Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients Pour in the wet mixture and mix thoroughly with a butter knife Tip on to the work surface and shape into a ball

Cut out the shapes and bake • Roll out the dough to 1cm thick on the sheet of parchment paper Cut out the shapes with the cookie cutters Transfer the gingerbread people to the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2cm between them so they don’t stick together Put the trays in the oven and bake for 10–15 minutes, until lightly golden Remove and leave to cool on the trays

Make the icing • Measure the icing sugar into a bowl Add water, a few drops at a time, mixing with a spoon until it starts to make a fairly firm but pipeable paste Spoon the icing into the piping bag

Decorate your gingerbread people • Snip a tiny bit off the end of the piping bag or use the fine nozzle to pipe clothes and faces on to your characters, then decorate with sprinkles, if using Leave to set before serving

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