Monday 24 December 2018

Gingerbread and a Festive Message

Hello friends

Happy Christmas Eve!

It's been a long time since I shared something other than craft
so here's a recipe (which has now become a favourite),
Elliott's gingerbread, easy and delicious.
He is a dab hand at Brownies too!


Makes: 16 gingerbread men/stars/trees

350g (12 oz) plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
115g (4 oz) butter, cubed
175g (6 oz) soft light brown sugar
4 tablespoons golden syrup
1 egg, beaten


Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5. Lightly grease or line two baking trays.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs; stir in sugar. Beat syrup into egg then stir into flour mixture.

Knead the dough until smooth. Roll out to 1/2 cm thick on a lightly floured surface; stamp or cut out desired gingerbread men shapes.

Bake in the preheated oven until golden and puffed, about 10-12 minutes. Let them sit on the tray for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack.  Yum!

And now a festive message from all of us.
Enormous thanks to you all for stopping by the blog
and shopping on the website.
It's been a year of many changes but we are hanging on in there!
We wouldn't be able to carry on without the loyalty of 
our customers, we truly appreciate you.
Here's H&C HQ on a rather snowy day, right now it is bathed in rain!

2019 brings a new website (at last!) 
one that works nicely on mobiles and iPads
There will be different giveaways and lots more.

I'll be returning to do more workshops (local ones as well as travelling)
and spreading the love of craft everywhere! 

Without further ado...wishing you a wonderful 
Christmas and a happy, healthy, creative New Year.

Much love.

20 comments: said...

Good Morning Christine.
Thank you for all the great blogs, giveaways, and, all the inspiration.
I wish you a very happy Christmas, and happy 2019. Kitty.

nattyboots said...

We appreciate you too Christine and all the family crew that work hard behind the scenes to bring us our lovely blog and so much more .

I wish you and yours a lovely Christmas and Good health throughout the New Year .

Elaine H X

hazel young said...

Thank you for all your inspiration, giveaways and charity work you do. Wishing you and your family a good Christmas and hoping next year is even better. Sending hugs to your mum to get well soon. Thanks for sharing the gingerbread recipe they look yummy. The cabin looks fabulous in the snowy scene. Have a great Christmas xx Hazel

CraftyCoffey said...

Recipe & gingerbread Stars look good.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas.


Unknown said...

Christine recipe snapshoted and put in my recipe file. I adore your blog and shop and love to shop even if only for sale goods and charity kits. Happy Christmas and may 2019 be very kind to you and yours. Thanks, Ann

Chris said...

Hi Christine and the H & C crew,
Thank you for sharing the Gingerbread Recipe, I don’t normally bake but may give this a go, sounds delicious.
I always look forward to reading your Blog in the mornings and really apppreciate the inspiration you share, and the little snippets of what you have up to.
Happy Christmas to you all and hope you all have a happy and healthy new year.
Love and best wishes
Chris xx

margaret driscoll said...

Good Morning Christine
Thanks for the recipe firstly and hope you enjoy eating them!
Thanks for the Blog and all the news on there!
Thanks for being there too!
Hope Mum will improve quickly for you all!
Best wishes to all of you!
Lots of Love

Jean Eve said...

Thank you Christine for your website & blog. It's always a pleasure to read & learn of new products.Wishing you & family a good Christmas & happy & healthy New Year. Cheers Jean xxx

lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
Wishing you and your a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Hope you Mum is getting better.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the recipe; don't know if my waist line will take it at the mo but it's one for the back burner.
Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. Thanks for all the inspiration and best wishes to you all for 2019. WakeyL

Anonymous said...

Good morning Christine lot of sunshine here this morning now which I think I prefer to the white stuff!! Thank you for a year full of ideas and now recipes. Wishing you and all the family a very happy Christmas and hope that your mum feels able to join in as no doubt your boys have plans up their sleeves!! With all good wishes for the coming year Jackie xx

Lynda's craft's said...

Hi Christine thank you for the ginger men recipes they look yummy
Hope your mum is on the mend sending her Hug's.
Bella hope your behaving & you get some new toys for Christmas.
Christine wishing you & your family a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
Hug's Lynda xx

Teresa Doyle said...

Delicious looking cookies Christine, thanks for the recipe. Your cabin looks so inviting and peaceful, what a great place to go to create...
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Anne O said...

Hi Christine - wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas! Hope that your mum makes a speedy recovery from her shingles. Thank you for such an inspirational blog - I love your card kits and seeing new ideas for beautiful die sets. Sounds like you have some treats up your sleeve for 2019. Best wishes, Anne O

Melonie Pickering said...

Merry Christmas Christine, to you and your family....let 2019 be a good year for everyone :-)

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, Thank you so much for the gingerbread recipe, I will definitely be trying it !!
Thank you for your lovely Blog etc, and I'm really looking forward to your new website.
I would like to wish you and yours a Happy Christmas as I hope that 2019 will be kind to you all.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

christi said...

WHAT IS GOLDEN SYRUP? love your site the giveaways the charms and would love if you get to the U.S. to have a class near me! Merry Christmas!

Brenda said...

Happy Christmas Christine to you and your family, I hope mum is able to enjoy Christmas with you all.
Thank you for the gingerbread recipe, will enjoy making those yummy biscuits love Brenda XX

Craftychris said...

Yummy gingerbread - thank you for the recipe! Merry Christmas! I hope your day has been awesome! xxx

karenlotty said...

I hope you’re having a lovely Christmas
The recipe sounds delicious and will certainly be trying it - thank you Elliott
2019 sounds exciting for you Can’t wait to see the changes you’re making
I’m hoping to have more time to visit and comment on blogs I like!

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