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Gingerbread snowflakes

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The Christmas Day has always been a special day to share the love and appreciate the people who have been close to you. Most people in relationships use this occasion to express their love and gratitude to their partners. A perfect food and gift from a partner are always received by the other with much affection.

There are a variety of Christmas gifts that a male partner can offer to the girlfriend. For one to effectively select the best Christmas gift for the girlfriend, they must first come up with the gift ideas for their girlfriend. These ideas can be generated by the boyfriend by considering the gifts that will make the girlfriend feel special and loved, or one may find the gift ideas for this particular occasion by researching on the internet.

A bouquet of fresh flowers is obviously one precious Christmas gift that she will appreciate. This, however, will be more suitable when accompanied by other gifts such as nicely packed stone jewelry. A cute gold, silver, or diamond necklace or earrings will be fit as a Christmas gift for her. You may also consider buying her a Christmas cookbook containing traditional thanksgiving recipes if she is always interested in cooking.

Traditionally, the Christmas Day was graced by a ceremony where people ate together. You may, therefore, prepare a Christmas food for her. The food ought to be unique, easy to prepare, and one that she will love and appreciate. One, therefore, has to find a Christmas recipe from a cookbook or the internet. A proper Christmas food will make her happy and feel loved especially given the fact that it has been made by the person she loves. One such food is the slow cooker pineapple pork roast, served with salad and freshly baked rolls. The food has a simple recipe, but the deliciousness of it goes a long way to express the love that you have for her. That is Gingerbread snowflakes.

Makes 14-18 Takes 45min plus chilling and drying time
5tbsp warm water

200g light brown soft sugar

1tsp allspice

2tbsp ground ginger

2tbsp cinnamon

2tbsp treacle

2tbsp golden syrup

250g cold butter, cut into chunks

2 drops of orange essence or a few gratings of orange zest (optional)

550g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

Readymade, soft-peak royal icing (there is an easy recipe included in Bee’s book)

Selection of stencils or ready-made piping icing and piping bag, to decorate

1 Put the water, sugar, spices, treacle and syrup into a pan, slowly bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Do not let it boil. Remove from the heat and add the butter and orange essence or zest, if you’re using any. Stir until combined then leave to cool a little.

2 Pour the warm mixture into a large bowl and add the flour, then bring together with a wooden spoon to a firm dough. Sandwich the dough between two sheets of clingfilm and chill in the fridge for at least 30min to harden up.

3 Roll out the chilled dough on a lightly floured surface to 1cm thick. Using festive cutters, cut out pieces, place on a lined baking tray and chill for another 20min.

4 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/ Gas 4. Bake the biscuits for 8-10min or until the edges are just turning darker,
then cool on a wire rack.

5 When cool, cover each biscuit with a stencil and put a dollop of royal icing on top. Lift the stencil away, then tidy the
edges of the icing with a sharp knife. Alternatively, pipe freehand decorations. For both, allow to dry for about 1hr.

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