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Bake Your Own Gingerbread Nativity Scene!

A number of years ago I built a Nativity Scene on top of my Christmas Cake and the children wouldn’t let me cut the cake, we kept it for years and sort of dusted it off each Christmas! This is a great alternative to the Gingerbread House.
Click here to download the templates .

It’s a great thing to do with the children- even the grown up ones!

The dough

4oz butter at room temperature
4oz soft brown sugar
3 tbsp golden syrup
10oz plain flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
½ tsp Bicarb of Soda

Icing Sugar
Egg White
Sweeties to decorate

Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. Add the flour, ginger and bicarb and process until you have a stiff dough. Knead lightly wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Take 3 pieces of baking parchment about 25 cm or 12 inches square.
Preheat the oven to 180c

Cut out the templates for the Stable (download from here)
Divide the dough into 3 pieces.
Dust lightly with flour and roll out to about the thickness of a one pound coin.
Cut out the shapes first the roof then the back and then the two sides from the last piece. Transfer the paper with the dough to three baking trays, or cook one piece at a time.
Bake for 10 minutes until slightly coloured. Allow to cool and then transfer to a cooling rack. Leave until completely cold.
Make a royal icing by whisking the egg white with a fork and adding icing sugar until you have an icing that will stand in peaks. Use the icing to stick the nativity stable together and decorate to your heart’s content with sweeties and things!

Figures can be made out of marzipan and ready roll icing, or why not come to our class on Tuesday 6th December !