900g plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
350g golden syrup
175g soft brown sugar
1 medium egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Royal icing and various sprinkles to decorate
1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.
2. In another bowl mix together the butter, syrup, sugar, water, egg and vanilla until smooth.
3. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until they are completely absorbed. Divide the dough into 3 pieces, pat down to about 5mm thickness, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. This dough can keep for a few days in the fridge so can be made in advance of baking.
5. Preheat the oven to 150 C (300F). Roll your dough out on a lightly floured surface to about 3mm thickness. Cut out your shapes using the templates (remember - 2 of each to make 1 house). Bake for 10-15 mins until lightly golden and let cool on a wire rack. I found the houses looked much better with thinner roofs so I baked these on a separate baking tray as they took less time.
6. While they are cooling, make up some royal icing according to the packet instructions. Assemble the houses and let the icing set before decorating. Now have some fun! See below for my efforts.