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FESTIVE FUN ◆

GINGERBREAD JOY

GET
BAKING

COOKING UP
A TREAT

A recipe to make gingerbread
men or festive shapes.

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INGREDIENTS
375g plain
flour
4g salt
4tsp ground
ginger
2tsp ground
cinnamon
1tsp ground

mixed spice
230g
unsalted butter
150g caster
sugar
50g dark
brown sugar
1 large egg

1. Sift together flour, salt and
spices in a bowl. Set aside.
2. In a separate bowl, cream
butter with caster and brown
sugar until pale.
3. Beat in egg and add flour
mixture gradually to make a
dough. Divide the mixture in half.
Wrap each half in cling film and
refrigerate for about 30 mins.
Cut out paper templates for the
shapes you wish to make.
4. Take one half of dough, remove
cling film and roll out between
two sheets of baking parchment
until 4mm thick.
5. Remove top layer of parchment,
cut out your designs, leaving a
clearance of 1cm between each
piece. Keep them in position on
the bottom parchment sheet and
slide onto a baking tray.
6. Repeat with other half.
7. Put both trays into the freezer
for 15 mins.
8. Preheat oven to 170°C/325°F.
9. Remove both trays from the
freezer and bake for 15 mins.
10. Leave trays to cool, transfer
onto wire racks to finish cooling.
11. Decorate using royal icing and
festive decorations. Enjoy!

We speak to spice
girl Emily Garland,
who has turned
her gingerbreadmaking skills
into a flourishing
business.
WHY IS GINGERBREAD
S O P O P U L A R AT
C H R I S T M A S ? I'm not sure
whether the Hansel and Gretel fairytale
reflected an existing tradition or created
one, but gingerbread at Christmas
has such a long tradition now, it just
wouldn't be Christmas without it!
W H AT D O YO U L I K E
MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I liked woodwork when I was younger,
and it's that love of building that I've
brought into the kitchen. My favourite
part is coming up with designs for
things I've never seen made from edible
materials and then seeing people's
smiles when I have created them.

W H AT ' S T H E P I E C E
YO U ' R E M O S T P R O U D
O F ? Last year I created an edible
working clock for Harrods. It was based
on a traditional cuckoo clock and
featured lots of robins and snowflakes.
I finished it with edible metallic paint. It
was a lot of fun to build.
HOW LONG DOES IT
TA K E YO U TO C R E AT E
A N I N S T A L L A T I O N ? For
large ones, it can be anything from
a few weeks to a few months. After
the initial consultation, I work on the
design and create a 3D cardboard
version of the finished piece. Then I use
that to create paper templates for the
gingerbread components, which are cut
and assembled by hand. The finishing
decorations are always edible.
WHERE CAN WE SEE
Y O U R W O R K ? I've created a
large installation for Ealing Broadway
shopping centre, as part of its Santa's
grotto. It is a 3D winter wonderland
incorporating recreations of some of
the most iconic buildings in the area.

OH YES THEY DID!
CINDERELLA,
HACKNEY EMPIRE

18 November - 31 December
West End star Aisha Jawando
plays the lead.
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DICK WHITTINGTON,
LONDON PALLADIUM

9 December - 7 January
Book now to see Julian Clary,
Elaine Paige and Nigel Havers.
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ALADDIN, RICHMOND
T H E AT R E

9 December - 14 January

Christopher Biggins
plays Widow Twankey.
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IT'S
PANTO
SEASON

PETER PAN-CHRISTMAS
IN NEVERLAND,
WEMBLEY ARENA

29-30 December
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