Recipe

Gingerbread christmas trees

  • 1 hr 20 mins cooking
  • Makes 6 Item
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Ingredients

Gingerbread christmas trees
  • 3 cup (450g) self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup (165g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 185 gram butter, chopped coarsely
  • 3/4 cup (270g) golden syrup or treacle
  • 1 egg silver cachous
  • 1 tablespoon pure icing (confectioners') sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 1/2 cup (240g) pure icing (confectioners') sugar
Royal icing (1 quantity)
  • 1 1/2 cup (240g) pure icing (confectioners’) sugar approximately
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Method

Gingerbread christmas trees
  • 1
    Process flour, brown sugar, spices and butter until crumbly. Add golden syrup and egg, process until combined. Knead dough on floured surface until smooth. Wrap dough in plastic, refrigerate 1 hour.
  • 2
    Divide dough in half, roll each half between sheets of baking paper until 5mm (¼ inch) thick. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced). Line oven trays with baking paper.
  • 4
    Cut 12 x 3cm (1¼-inch), 12 x 5cm (2-inch), 12 x 6cm (2¼-inch), 12 x 7cm (2¾-inch), 12 x 8cm (3¼-inch) and 12 x 9cm (3¾-inch) stars from dough, transfer stars to trays. You will need to re-roll the dough several times to get the correct number of stars.
  • 5
    Bake 3cm, 5cm and 6cm stars about 10 minutes and remaining stars about 12 minutes. Cool on trays.
  • 6
    Meanwhile,make royal icing. Sift icing sugar through a fine sieve. Lightly beat the egg white into a small bowl until mixture is just broken up (do not whip into peaks). Beat in the icing sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches desired consistency. Using a wooden spoon mix in the lemon juice.
  • 7
    Assemble trees by joining each star with another same-sized star using a little royal icing. Ensure the points of the stars alternate. Still using royal icing to join, stack different- sized paired stars on top of one another, largest to smallest, to form six trees. Decorate trees by joining cachous to stars with a tiny dot of royal icing. Dust trees with sifted icing sugar.

Notes

You will have a lot of royal icing left over, use it for making snow on the trees, if you like.