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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:

2tsp vegetable oil
18 0z /500g lean pork chunks (such as leg or shoulder)
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 carrots, sliced
8 oz  / 227 g  swede, chopped
8 oz / 227 g potatoes, chopped
1 pork or vegetable stock cube
¼tsp ground ginger
2tsp dried mixed herbs
2tsp cornflour, blended with 2tsps of water
Chopped fresh parsley or coriander, to garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

3/4 pt / 450ml water

What you do:

Preheat the oven to 190C/ 375F /gas 5.
Heat a large flameproof casserole dish on the hob and add the vegetable oil, brushing it over the base. Add the pork chunks, letting them sear and brown before turning them over. Cook for 3-4 mins until browned on all sides.

Add the onion, garlic, carrots, swede and potatoes, stirring well. Pour in the water. Bring up to the boil, then crumble in the chicken stock cube.  Stir in the ginger and mixed herbs, then cover with a tight-fitting lid. Transfer to the oven and bake for 1 hr.

Stir the blended cornflour, then add it to the casserole, stirring until thickened. Cook for 2-3 mins. Serve, garnished with chopped fresh parsley or coriander.

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What you need:

1 lb / 500 g of pumpkin pulp purée from a sugar pumpkin
12 oz /375 g  heavy cream or 1 12 oz. can of evaporated milk
4 oz / 115 g packed dark brown sugar
2 1/2 oz white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cardamon
1/2 tsp of lemon zest
1 pastry case

what you do:

Preheat oven to 220C / 425F / gas mark 7

In a large bowl mix together the sugars, salt,  all the spices and lemon zest. Beat the eggs and add to the bowl. Stir in the pumpkin purée. Stir in cream. Whisk all together until well combined.

Pour into pastry case and bake for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes reduce the temperature to 180C / 350F / gas mark 4 and bake for another 40-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted near the centre comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack for at least an  hour.

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