Gingerbread shapes recipe

175g plain flour (gluten free will work)

1 tspn mixed spice

1 tspn bicarbonate of soda

2 tspns ground ginger

2 tbspns golden syrup or treacle

75g dairy free margarine (or butter)

75g soft dark brown sugar

Currants if desired for features

Melt margarine, syrup/treacle, and sugar in a pan, don't allow it to boil.

Sieve the dry the ingredients together, and stir the melted ingredients into the dry. Knead until smooth on a floured surface. Roll out to 1/8th inch, 1/4cm thickness, and cut into shapes of your choice. Add currants for eyes, mouth, and buttons for people if desired. Place on a lined tray, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes at Gas mark 5, 375°F, 180°C, until golden. Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

You could decorate with icing if you prefer.

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