How To Make Perfect Gingerbread Men

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without gingerbread men, and I feel that Gingerbread men have been forgotten about with new creations coming into action all the time. However, they are the easiest thing to make and they taste great. What I also love about them is that their great for the whole family because there is no mess when you eat them, they can become decorations or even a nice gift.


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
To decorate:
writing icing
cake decorations
edible glitter

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

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

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/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 men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them. For decorations, use a skewer to make a small hole in the top of each biscuit.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate.


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Appliance Repairs Now Available In Cornwall and Devon

Premier Electrics services now cover the areas of Cornwall and Devon. This is because, one of our engineers has moved to Bodmin in Cornwall. Our engineer will still provide a same or next day repair and 12 months warranty. Customers living in Cornwall and Devon will also receive £5 off their repair bill and we provide a 5% discount to all OAP’s.

Below are the areas our engineer will cover and the number you will need to phone if you are in need of a domestic appliance repair.

Bodmin: 01208 809402
Bude: 01288 308617
Looe: 01503 208175
Launceston: 01566 818541
Liskeard: 01579 308659
St Austell: 01726 807527
Tintagel: 01840 298554

Exmouth: 01395 349212
Bideford: 01237 408360
Barnstaple: 01271 829556
Exeter: 01392 249530
Honiton: 01404 597506
Kingsbridge: 01548 895347
Newton Abbot: 01626 818609
Plymouth: 01752 548287
Torquay: 01803 896861
Tavistock: 01822 678308
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How To Get Rid Of Washing Machine Odour

This Blog post focuses on the importance of using maintenance washes on the hottest program and how you can get rid of musty and moldy bad smells. It will also give you more information on how the problems can arise and how you can prevent them.

Beginning with the use of products, products that claim to freshen up your washing and get rid of odors only work when you are using the product on a particularly clean washer or dishwasher, they tend not to kill the bad smell of a really badly smelling appliance. If your washing  machine is seriously smelly, has black mold and greasy gunge you may want to try some of these solutions.

Try carrying out one or more maintenance washes
Because of the price of hot water most people have stopped doing hot washes. This however, isn’t the best thing for your washing machine because hot water helps kill bacteria and cut down grease. The first wash you should try is a boil wash cycle on the temperatures 90° or 95°. With this wash place detergent inside but no laundry. You may have to try this more than once.

You could also try using soda crystals which eliminate grease by dissolving it. Try putting half a packet inside the drum and put it on a boil wash.

For those who use low temperatures and (or) liquid detergents it is important to try to find a detergent that has bleaching agents in them. Look for “bleaching agents” in the ingredients section. Do not put chemical cleaning bleach in your machine, oxygen bleach however can be used in your washing machine.

Use Vinegar to eliminate odours
It’s worth trying White distilled Vinegar to get rid of odours. The method to follow is: place half a cup of white vinegar inside an empty machine and put it on a boil wash programme. As the first bit of water goes into the sump hose and is sealed off, we recommend that you wait for about 15 seconds before pouring the vinegar into the soap drawer where water is running in to let it wash down into the machine.

What causes washing machine smells,  grease, slime and black mould?
The machine collects dirt, soap, grease and bits of fabric that can get trapped under the gasket, in the drum or block the pressure system creating a breeding ground for nasty smells. To prevent this happening you must follow the above methods.