Miniature Gingerbread Town

Show your creative side and learn how you can fashion your very own miniature gingerbread town that will be perfect for this holiday season.

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by Frauke Antholz
30 SERVINGS

Ingredients

  • 100 g (3-1/2 oz) Butter
  • 100 g (3-1/2 oz/ 1/2 cup) muscovado sugar
  • 100 ml (3-1/2 fl oz/scant 1/2 cup) maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. golden syrup (or corn syrup)
  • 250 g (9 oz/2 cups) Plain (all-purpose) flour + a little extra
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, whisked

For the Icing (Frosting)

  • 1 egg white
  • 150 g (5 oz/1-1/4 cups) icing (confectioner’s) sugar

Directions

  • For the dough, the day before melt the butter with the sugar, maple syrup and golden syrup in a small saucepan on a low heat, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the stove and leave to cool until lukewarm.
  • Mix the flour, spices, bicarbonate of soda and salt together. Add the sugar mixture and the egg and thoroughly blend everything. Cover and leave to rest in the fridge overnight.
  • The next day preheat the oven to 160ºC (320ºF/gas 2). Roll out the dough on a floured work surface to a thickness of 2–3 mm (? in) and press or cut out biscuits (cookies) into the shapes of houses and cars. Place on baking sheets lined with baking parchment and bake for 8–10 minutes. Take out of the oven and leave to fully cool.
  • For the icing, beat the egg white until stiff. Whilst stirring, sprinkle the icing sugar into it, then stir until smooth. Fill into a piping bag with a small nozzle and decorate the gingerbread shapes with it. To keep fresh, store in a tin.
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Tip: To make the biscuits stand up, simply stick two identical shapes together with jam or marmalade, making the base broader and more stable. You can also press out small rectangles from the dough, bake them and stick them to the backs of the biscuits with icing.

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Recipes excerpted with permission fromLet it Snow by Agnes Prus, published by Hardie Grant Books October 2019, RRP $11.99 hardcover.

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