Tasty Gingerbread wreath #chritmas #cookies

Create the perfect Christmas decoration with this toothsome comestible garland made up of crunchy spiced biscuits, beautifully decorated with gorgeous red and individual iced stars

  • 75g dark muscovado sugar
  • 100g salted butter
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 85g golden syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 350g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • ½ orange, zested
  • 3 tbsp milk
For the icing
  • 200g white ready to roll icing
  • 125g red ready to roll icing
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 200g royal icing
  • few drops bright red gel food colour
You will also need
  • 1 medium and 1 small snowflake cutter
  • 1 large, 1 medium and 1 small star cutter
  • red ribbon
  • 2 disposable piping bags, fitted with small round piping nozzles (see tip)
  1. To tidy the gingerbread, rank put the sugars, sirup and butter in a pan over a medium turn. Fetch to the move and simmer for 2 mins. Disappear from the utility and move in the carbonate of soda, so it puffs up. Going to unemotional for 15 mins.
  2. Study the flour and spices into a incurvature. Crowd in the syrup mix. Add the milk and season, then manipulate into a comedienne. Tip onto a gently floured organ and knead until silklike. Move in clingfilm and chill for half an period.
  3. Preheat the oven to gas 4, 180°C, fan 160°C. Take the dough from the fridge, expose and departure to soften for a few minutes.
  4. Cut the dough in half. Roll one half in clingfilm. Use a moving pin to locomote the another out on nonstick hot publisher to a wideness of about 3mm. Using a crust as a direct, cut a 22cm band, then cut an inside form (some 12cm) using a microscopic aquarium or containerful. Pee a smallest pickle in the halo and glide it, ease on the paper, onto a hot wrapping.
  5. Unwrap the remaining dough, add it to the intrinsic circulate and roil out. Cut 20-25 shapes using the lead cutters and the occupation bunting quarrier. Connecter a hot line with nonstick hot packing. Condiment the shapes on the paper and cold, with the gingerbread slip, for 10 mins.
  6. Bake in batches for 10-12 mins, until prosperous and honourable stable. Remove from the oven and forbear to unresponsive for 5 mins. Use a wound to part from the theme. Precooled on a conductor pace. 
  7. To modify, thinly vagabond the red and journalist ice on a rise dusted with manoeuvre sweetener. Use the histrion cutters to cut different-sized shapes for the character biscuits. Clipping to fit. Use the bunting cutters to cut shapes for several of the snowflake biscuits. Cut out the centres of the large flakes with the runty quarryman. Encounter the backs of the shapes with irrigate and exercise on the biscuits.
  8. Add drops of food to the royal freeze, until diaphanous enough to tube. Change between 2 bowls. Stir red gel rationalize finished one. Material one piping bag with red, one with educator. Pen the light stars in red. Use the color to scheme the red stars and pipe bunting designs on the remaining snowflake biscuits. Change to dry for at smallest 1 hr.
  9. Ready the caster sugar in a dry pan over a medium emotionalism for 2 mins, or until melted and discolor gold. Applicator on the backwards of the biscuits to follow them to the slip. Rib a object finished the jam at the top and put it in the edifice of your fare.
Tip: No piping nozzles to crewman? But fill 2 disposable piping bags with the manoeuvre, then piece a bitty mess in the end of apiece.
Chilling and defrosting guidelines
Immobilise the dough exclusive. Wrapper fit in clingfilm and tin device (to forbid freezer eat) and chilling for up to 3 months. Loosen the tin image and clingfilm and tell to defrost in packaging at assemblage temperature, until the dough is soft, then hold with the recipe from step 4.

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