In my festive short story, A Beginner's Guide To Christmas, Ruth has pretty major problems when it comes to baking a batch of gingerbread snowmen, but I have an easy recipe that even Ruth should be able to manage...
150g plain flour
1tsp ground ginger
50g caster sugar
2tbsp golden syrup
Place the flour, ginger and butter in a bowl and rub until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add the caster sugar and golden syrup and mix together until you have a dough.
Wrap the dough in cling film and pop in the fridge for at least an hour. Go and put your feet up with a cup of tea. DO NOT use this time to do housework. It's against the rules, ok?
... at least an hour later
Pre-heat the oven to 170C
Take the dough out of the fridge and remove cling film (I have to point this out in case Ruth is reading). Knead lightly then roll out onto a floured surface.
Cut out your snowmen shapes (or whatever shape you want. It doesn't have to be snowmen. It doesn't even have to be Christmassy. They're your biscuits, you choose).
Place your snowmen (or other shapes) onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack.
If you're decorating (which you don't have to - your biscuits, your choice), allow the biscuits to cool completely first.
Ruth usually spends Christmas curled up on her parents’ sofa, watching feel-good movies whilst being fed festive food and drink until she can no longer move. But Ruth’s perfect Christmas is shattered when her mum receives a DIY-induced injury and Ruth is forced to take over the preparations.
Shopping. Cooking. A house full of hyped-up kids.
Christmas may no longer be the most wonderful time of the year.
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