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What you need:

12 oz /350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt (half)
4 oz /100g  butter
6 oz /175g soft brown sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp golden syrup
different coloured fruit flavoured boiled sweets
narrow ribbon

What you do:

Pre-heat the oven to 180C /350F /Gas 4.

Mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and salt into a bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar. Beat together the egg and golden syrup and mix into the flour mixture to make a smooth dough, kneading lightly with your hands.

Crush the sweets in their wrappers using a rolling pin. Sprinkle flour on a clean work surface and roll out the dough until about 1/2cm (1/4in) thick, then cut into shapes using a selection of Christmas Cookie cutters. Transfer to lined baking sheets.

Cut out shapes in the centre of each biscuit, making sure you leave a good edge all around the biscuit. Completely fill the hole in each biscuit with crushed boiled sweets.

Make a hole at the top of each biscuit using a drinking straw so that you will be able to thread a ribbon through it later. Bake for 11-12 minutes until golden

While the biscuits are still warm, check the holes are still there, otherwise push a straw through again. Do not remove the biscuits from the baking tray until they have cooled as the boiled sweets need to harden. Once the sweets have hardened, gently lift the biscuits onto a wire rack with a palette knife to finish cooling.

You can decorate the biscuits with piped white icing.Thread ribbons through the holes to make loops for hanging.

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What you need:

350 g  plain flour plus extra for rolling out
1 level  tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 level  tsp ground ginger
1 level tsp ground mixed spice
125 g  butter
175 g  light soft brown sugar
1 medium egg
4 tbsp  golden syrup
Ready to roll icing (white)
76 g  colour writing icing,

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C /350F / Gas 4.
Line two baking trays with baking paper. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a large bowl. Rub in the butter and then stir in the sugar.

Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together. Add to the flour and mix to make a dough. Chill the dough for 15 minutes.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of ½ cm thick. Cut shapes out with gingerbread cutters, remembering to take off a few limbs and head for added gore.

Place on a baking tray, leaving a gap between them in case they spread a little.
Bake for about 15 minutes. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Decoration:
Use the red writing icing along the edges of the missing limbs and heads as blood.
For the skeletons and mummies – either pipe with white writing icing or roll out the ready to roll icing to 3mm thickness and cut shapes slightly smaller than the gingerbread. Lightly brush the gingerbread with boiled water and carefully place the icing on top. Using the black writing icing decorate as a skeleton or mummy!

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What you need:

9oz / 250g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
7 oz /200g caster sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 fl oz / 180ml milk
4 fl oz / 125 ml vegetable oil

for the butter cream:

4 fl oz / 120ml milk
2 1/2 tbsp plain flour
4 0z /110g unsalted butter
4 oz / 100g caster sugar
2 tsp cocoa powder

what you do:

Preheat oven to 180 C / 350F / Gas 4
Line the baking trays with greaseproof paper.
In a bowl sift together the flour,bicarbonate of soda, cocoa powder & sugar.
In another bowl, stir together the egg, oil & milk until well mixed.
Gradually stir in the sifted dry ingredients to the egg mixture.
Drop the mixture a tablespoonful at a time separately onto the prepared baking trays.
Bake for around 10 to 12 minutes in the oven, until firm to touch.
Allow to cool on baking trays for about 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
To make the buttercream: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the 120ml of milk and 2 1/2 tablespoons flour. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until thick. Remove from heat set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, Beat together the butter, 100g sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Stir in the cooked milk mixture and beat for an additional 20 minutes, until really fluffy. Sandwich filling between two discs.

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What you need:

1 packet of cooking dates
1 1/2oz / 40g margarine
1 beaten egg
3/4 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup boiling water.

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4

Chop the dates & place into a saucepan. Sprinkle with the bicarbonate of soda, then pour over the boiling water & stir.
In a bowl , add the flour & margarine & rub together then add the sugar.
Add the beaten egg to the date mixture.
pour the date mixture into the flour mixture stirring well.
Place into the loaf tin & bake for around 1 hour.
Turn out onto wired rack & leave to cool.

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What you need:

8 oz / 200g light soft brown sugar.
6 floz / 175ml vegetable oil
2 eggs
4 oz / 100g wholemeal flour
1 tsp / 5 ml ground cinnamon
1tsp / 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
5 oz / 125g coarsely grated carrots
2 oz / 50g chopped walnuts
Topping
2 tbsp / 30ml apricot jam
1 tbsp / 15 ml lemon juice
2 oz / 50 g chopped walnuts
2 oz / 25 g cream cheese

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4.
Line a 7 inch / 18cm round tin. Its best to use a fixed base tin as the mixture will almost a pouring consistency.

In a mixing bowl, pour the sugar then gradually whisk in the oil, then whisk in the eggs 1 at a time.
Mix together the flour, cinnamon & bicarbonate of soda, then stir into the egg mixture, then add the carrots & walnuts.
Mix altogether using a wooden spoon, then pour into the prepared cake tin.
Bake for 1 hour & 10 mins until the cake is risen & firm to touch.
Remove from the oven & leave to stand for 5 mins, then turn out onto a wired rack.
Peel off the paper & leave to cool.

To make the topping:


Boil the jam & lemon juice together in a small saucepan for 2 to3 mins.
Brush the mixture thickly over the top of the cooled cake.
Beat together the cream cheese with a little icing sugar (to taste), and spread over the top of the cake.
Then sprinkle on the rest of the crushed walnuts to decorate.

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What you need:

250 g each of raisins, sultanas and currants
100 g candied orange, finely chopped
200 ml of brandy or rum
250 g butter, plus extra for greasing
275 g (1¼ cups) firmly packed brown sugar
1 orange and 1 lemon, finely grated rind only
4 eggs, lightly whisked
150 g (1 cup) plain flour
½ tsp each salt, mixed spice, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and bicarbonate of soda
60 g (½ cup) almond meal
140 g (2 cups) fresh breadcrumbs

What you do:

Combine dried fruit and candied orange in a bowl, scatter with rum or brandy, cover and stand overnight.
Using an electric mixer, beat together butter, sugar and rinds until pale and fluffy, then slowly beat in egg. Sieve together flour, salt, spices and bi-carb soda. Add to mixture in batches, alternating with soaked fruit mixture and almond meal. Stir through breadcrumbs.
Brush a 1.8 litre-capacity pudding bowl with butter, line the base with a circle of baking paper and dust with flour. Pour pudding mixture into bowl and top with another circle of baking paper. Cover with two layers of foil and tie with string.
Place pudding into a large saucepan with a wire rack or tea towel lining the base. Fill with enough water to come halfway up the side of the bowl. Cover and simmer for 6 hours, topping up water when necessary. Pudding may be made ahead and cooled in bowl. Reheat in a large saucepan of simmering water for 2½ hours. Serve with brown sugar custard.

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