EASY GINGER­BREAD

MAKES 12 PREP 40 MINS + CHILL­ING COOK 10 MINS 25¢ EACH

Homes+ (Australia) - - EASY FOOD -

125g un­salted but­ter, soft­ened ½ cup brown su­gar

½ cup trea­cle

1 egg yolk

2 cups plain flour

½ cup self-rais­ing flour

½–1 tsp bi­car­bon­ate of soda 1 tbsp ground gin­ger

1 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp ground cin­na­mon

ONE Pre­heat oven to 180°C/ 160°C fan. Line bak­ing trays with bak­ing pa­per.

TWO Beat but­ter, su­gar, trea­cle and yolk in a large bowl with an elec­tric mixer un­til pale and creamy. Stir in sifted flours, soda and spices. Turn dough onto a lightly floured sur­face; knead un­til smooth. Wrap in plas­tic wrap; chill for 30 mins. THREE Roll dough on a lightly floured sur­face to 1cm thick. Cut into shapes us­ing cut­ters or a sharp knife. Trans­fer to trays. FOUR Bake ginger­bread for about 8–10 mins or un­til just golden brown. Stand on trays for 10 mins be­fore trans­fer­ring to wire racks to cool com­pletely. TO DEC­O­RATE Check out page 38 for a sim­ple royal ic­ing recipe and some great dec­o­rat­ing ideas.

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