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How to make gingerbread

One of the joys of Christmas is having seasonal treats like gingerbread to give out as edible gifts or
just to enjoy with the kids or grandkids. So to get you started, we’ve put together this easy guide on
how to make gingerbread.

How to make gingerbread

If you’ve never made gingerbread before, dip your toe in the water with the tried and tested Basic Gingerbread recipe. It’s the base of all these gingerbread treats and has been made so many times you can be assured of a great result. Happy days!

If you’re looking for something fast and fun to make with the kids, you can’t go past Gingerbread Rocky Road. Break up baked gingerbread into pieces and mix it with melted dark chocolate, marshmallows and raspberry lollies, then refrigerate until set. Too easy.

Edible centrepieces

If you’re looking for a festive table centrepiece, guests will have stars in their eyes when they see your Gingerbread Star Christmas Trees. Decorated in hundreds and thousands the trees look like they’ve been sprinkled with rainbow snow.

The real show-stopper, however, is the Gingerbread House. This is something the whole family can enjoy decorating. Simply print out the templates to help you on your way, then have fun putting your own stamp the decorations.

Make ahead magic

To get ahead before the silly season hits, you can make the Basic Gingerbread dough up to the end of Step 2 but instead of refrigerating, keep dough in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Take time to chill

It’s important to keep gingerbread dough chilled so that it’s firm enough to roll out and cut. If you’re working with one portion of gingerbread dough, make sure the remaining dough is wrapped and kept refrigerated.


Baked, un-iced gingerbread will keep in an airtight container for up to a week. If any moisture is present the gingerbread will soften.

Just add water

When putting your gingerbread  house or star tree together the icing should be smooth but thick. You want it slightly thinner for adding the final decorating touches to the house, so just thin with a little water.

Check out the exclusive Gingerbread Masterclass video here:



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