Fun to bake, delicious to eat and a great edible decoration for the tree.
Serves 24 | Prep time: 25 mins | Cooking time: 12 mins
- 300g / 10.5oz plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 125g / 4.4oz vegan butter (e.g. Nuttelex)
- 100g / 3.5oz soft light brown sugar
- 3 Tbsp maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC / 355ºF and line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the spices.
- Melt the vegan butter, sugar and maple syrup in a pan over a low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves, then add it to the dry ingredients. Stir in until it forms a stiff dough, then cut it in half.
- Transfer the paper from the baking sheets to a work surface and place a portion of the dough on each.
- Roll out to 5mm thick, then cut out directly on the paper, leaving a 2cm gap between each. Save the cuttings to make more folk or round ginger biscuits.
- Carefully lift the papers back onto the baking sheets and bake the gingerbread in the oven for about 12 minutes, or until lightly golden.
- Leave to cool on the sheet for a few minutes – if you want to hang them as decorations, now is the time to pierce a hole through the top of each with a skewer – then move to a wire rack.
- Once cool, ice the gingerbread people and decorate.
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