SOSA Christmas

The committee wishes to share their Season’s Greetings with people this month. It is hard to gauge what kind of Christmas we will all share during these times, community spirit remains high as we see friends and families running quizzes, murder mystery, crafting events and other social through online meeting platforms.

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One of my activities during this time is making gingerbread animals which I give to friends and neighbours, so just for good measure here is a recipe to warm you up, it made around 25 cats and dogs I would guess it will make around 20 gingerbread peoples:

350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
125g/4½oz butter
175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
1 free-range egg
4 tbsp golden syrup

Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread shapes (dogs/cats/people/alligators) and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.

Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave to cool.

Gingerbread biscuits