So you might know that I’ve been working with Belvoir to create some deliciously warming autumnal recipes. These spooky cinnamon skeleton gingerdead men are perfect for Halloween and such fun to make, plus the ginger icing is a delicious accompaniment to the cinnamon and chocolate biscuits. Be warned, the recipe does take a little bit of getting used to – the gingerbread mix is very short which means it takes a while to bring it together in order to roll it out. If you really feel like it’s not coming together (especially if you’re doing this with kids), you can add a tablespoon or two of the cordial into the actual gingerbread mixture, which will make it much easier to work with, although you might find that the cut out gingers spread a little in the oven. Make sure the icing is really thick – if it’s too runny, it will be a nightmare to pipe with!
Makes 10 – 15 biscuits
You will need:
100g salted butter (room temperature)
100g caster sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
175g plain flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
For the icing:
4-5 tbsp icing sugar
Belvoir ginger cordial
1 Preheat the oven to 160C/gas 3 and line a baking tray with baking paper. Make sure you use a really decent quality tray – I like this Silverwood Bakeware heavy duty biscuit tray, which conducts the heat really well and doesn’t warp or bend.
2 In a food processor, mix the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy, then beat in the golden syrup (dip the spoon in boiling water first).
3 In a separate bowl, sieve the flour, cocoa, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda together and then mix it into the butter and sugar. Bring together into a firm dough.
4 Roll out the dough to about 1/2 cm thick, then cut out the shapes using a gingerbread cutter. Place the shapes on the baking paper and bake for 15 minutes.
5 When cool, make a very thick icing by dribbling the ginger cordial sparingly into the icing sugar. Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a small nozzle attached, then pipe out your skeleton designs. Allow to set before serving.
For even more gorgeous autumnal dishes, why not visit the recipe section over on belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk.