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Bake your way to an affordable Christmas


Do you ever worry about what to purchase for Christmas? Missed the best sales or still don't want to break the bank on presents you're not sure will be a hit? The art of simple baking is that it's a fun filled afternoon for you and a friend, or a time to relax and put the personal touch on a present yourself.  These gingerbread bauble biscuits don't require a ton of tricky ingredients or many utensils. They only take around fifteen minutes to bake, alongside making over twenty biscuits. This depends on how thick you roll the mixture. As part of the Provident's crafty Christmas campaign, the aim was to create something home-made and cheap and cheerful. Take a look at more information here: Provident blog.

Gingerbread bauble biscuits

For this recipe you will need:

Ingredients
350g of plain flour- you will need a little more to roll the dough out too
1tsp of bicarbonate of soda
3tsp of ground ginger
1 and a half teaspoons of ground cinnamon 
125g of butter
175g of light soft brown sugar
1 free range egg
4 and a half tablespoons of golden syrup

Other

Rolling pin
Greaseproof paper/baking paper
A mixing bowl or two
A whisk/ wooden spoons
Weighing scales
Cookie cutters of your choice
Decorations of your choice- I used most decorations from Hobby-craft or Lakeland
Something to pop the holes through the biscuits- I just used a straw and gently made the incision at the top of the biscuit
Ribbons

A sample of some of the decorative pieces


Method

  1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger and incorporate into a bowl.
  2. Add in the butter and mix until a bread-crumb like consistency.
  3. Gently beat the egg and golden syrup together. Pour into the bowl of flour etc and mix until all is combined. I used the whisk at this point as it can be a little tough. 
  4. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes until the mix comes together and is slightly soft.
  5. Wrap the mix in cling-film and leave in the fridge for fifteen minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a baking tray or two baking trays with grease-proof paper.
  7. Roll the dough out to just short of a cm thick on a lighly floured surface.
  8. Use cutters of your choice and leave a little room between each biscuit shape on the tray.
  9. Bake for around twelve-fifteen minutes and then leave to cool for around ten mins before decoration.
  10. Make the incision in the bakes whilst the biscuit is still slightly warm. You don't need to add this step, but these would look beautiful hanging from the Christmas tree.
The presentation box was from Home-sense and is a dressed up/festive way to show your bakes on Christmas day. Hobby-craft also has an extensive collection of playful baking goods. My favourites were the gold shimmer spray from Hobby-craft and the edible snowflakes from Lakeland. To keep the cookies extra simple, they'd be perfect presented on a tray, decorated with icing pens.

Thank you for reading.

Have you got any budget beautiful ideas for Christmas?

This recipe has been adapted from BBC food


Amy x

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  1. This is such a great idea, my grandparents would really love something like this and possibly my mum too.
    Ffi | The Essence Of Red

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    1. Aw thank you! You definitely should do some Christmassy baking xx

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