Just in time for Christmas, is a cute little treat that the little ones might like to help with. It’s a little Christmas tree made of gingerbread stars that have been decorated with some simple white icing -made with pure icing sugar so it sets hard and some sprinkles. The stars are then joined together to form a tree with melted white chocolate and more white chocolate is drizzled over the top of the tree. You will need a star cutter set similar to this one from ebay which you should be able to find in most craft stores. The set that I used for this tree has only 5 stars.
- 3c plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp bi-carb soda
- 2-3 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 150g butter (5 oz)
- 175g brown sugar
- 150g golden syrup
- 1 egg
Heat the oven to 180c. Melt the butter in a saucepan with the golden syrup and brown sugar over a low heat. You need to make sure the sugar melts & dissolves to make a caramel like syrup without burning. Set this aside to cool down. In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, rising agents and spices, make a well in the centre. Add the beaten egg to the cold syrup and pour into the well in the flour mixture. Fold together, you may need to kneed the dough with your fingers to ensure it is combined.
Cut the dough in half and wrap one half with clingwrap, place in the fridge. Using one half of the dough at a time, roll the dough until it is fairly thin and cut out different sized stars using a star cutter set. Keep track of how many of each size star you are cutting as each tree with need its own set. The kids may like to help cutting out the shapes.
Place the shapes on greased baking tray and bake in a moderate oven for about six minutes or until the shapes are lightly golden brown. Leave the shapes to cool on the trays for a couple of minutes before placing on newspaper or a sheet of baking paper to cool down completely.
When cold cover the shapes with a stiff icing mixture made from pure icing sugar and water and decorate with sprinkles – again the children may like to help with the sprinkles. Leave to set completely.
Once the icing has dried, glue the stars together with some melted white chocolate arranging the points between the gaps of the previous shape to create a tree shape. Drizzle more of the melted chocolate over the top and sides of the trees to represent snow. You may also like to decorate with decorators sand, chocolate curls or drizzles of toffee.