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Edible gingerbread festive decorations

Edible gingerbread festive decorations

Gingerbread and Christmastime – a match made in festive heaven. From Hansel and Gretel-esque gingerbread houses to bakery windows filled with Father Christmas piped gingerbread biscuits, December effectively becomes a time to build a gingerbread-spiced shrine to admire (and later devour).

Enter our version of spiced gingerbread for turning into edible Christmas tree decorations. Both vegan and gluten-free, it means nobody is left out of the nibbling. Hang them on your tree using clear thread if you like the idea of them floating. Otherwise, pick out a ribbon or two – try mixing thicknesses, material or colour – and loop them from your tree’s branches that way.

Makes enough for 35–40 shapes. Put aside 45 minutes for prep and ten minutes for baking.

What you’ll need

For the gingerbread:

1 tbsp chia seeds
400g plain gluten-free flour, plus an extra sprinkle or two for rolling
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp baking powder
150g coconut oil, slightly softened
150g coconut sugar
50g maple syrup

For the icing:

50g icing sugar
A splash of water

What to do

  1. First up, fetch a small bowl to mix together the chia seeds with three tablespoons of cold water. Leave for ten minutes to form a gel-like consistency.
  2. Next, this time in a large bowl, combine the flour with the spices and baking powder before getting hands-on by rubbing in the coconut oil using your fingertips. A breadcrumb consistency is the aim.
  3. Back to your small bowl, add the coconut sugar and maple syrup to the chia seed mixture along with a further two tablespoons of water. Stir until it’s lump-free.
  4. Mix all the ingredients together in the large bowl, stirring to combine.
  5. At this stage, preheat your oven to 180ºC fan or gas mark six, and line a few baking sheets.
  6. Dust your work surface with flour and turn out the contents of the bowl, kneading them by hand to form a smooth dough. Add a touch more flour if you need to – the consistency shouldn’t be sticky.
  7. With rolling pin in hand, roll out the dough to 3mm thick and then use cookie cutters of whatever shape you fancy to make your gingerbread pieces. Re-roll any leftover dough and repeat until all of your gingerbread is used up. 
  8. Pop the biscuits onto the lined sheets and bake for ten minutes – they should be just beginning to colour. Remember that biscuits continue to bake a little when they’re out of the oven so don’t worry if they seem a touch soft. 
  9. While they’re still warm, make a hole in the top of each biscuit to thread your ribbon through.
  10. Leave them to cool completely before icing – if you want to ice them that is. To make them as neat as can be, use a piping bag with your icing mixture being a thick paste consistency. Then pipe away!

You’ll find lots more festive baking and crafting ideas both here on our journal and over on our Instagram.

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