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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.

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Ingredients:
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:
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cake decorations
edible glitter

Method
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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Make The Most Of Apple Season

It is Apple season and our English apple’s are as tasty as they can be! If you fancy a quick treat or you need to use up your apples, an apple crumble can be a brilliant idea! Thanks to one of our Partners Neff, we realised how much goodness is in our apples! Here’s how you can make a crumble:

3471206b15e9854025f35cd409d396e0Firstly chop a few apples up. Get a pan and place a small amount of water in it. Add the apples and let them simmer for 5 minutes or so. With this, if you are a fan of Cinnamon, adding a couple teaspoons to the mixture can give your crumble a lovely twist.

Next, you need to create a crumble. Do this by gathering these ingredients:

  • Couple tablespoonfuls of flower
  • A tablespoon of sugar
  • Small to medium nob of butter
  • Handful or two of porridge oats together.

When you find these mix them altogether and that is your crumble layer ready to pour over the apples.

Lastly, put your apple mixture into a dish, spread some flaked almonds over mixture and then sprinkle crumble mix on top. Cook in oven for 30 minutes.

For an added extra you can eat this treat with Custard or Cream. Enjoy!

Green Thai Curry Made Easy

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Thai Curries may seem like they are difficult to make but really aren’t as hard as they seem and In this recipe I will show you how. For this recipe there is only a matter of simple steps to follow in order to achieve this beautiful dish.

Ingredients:

  • Mae Ploy Green Thai Curry Paste – Bought from a local International food shop. You can definitely find a paste in supermarket’s such mae-ploy-thai-green-curry-paste-400g-787-pas Sainsbury’s or Tesco
  • King Prawns – Small or Large and you will need around 175g to 300g depending on how many people you are serving.
  • Coconut Milk
  • Onions – Chopped
  • Red and Green Peppers – Chopped
  • Coriander
  • Coconut, Chilli and Lemongrass Tilda Steamed Basmati Rice – Takes 2 minutes in microwave and can be bought from all Supermarkets in a variety of tilda-steamed-basmati-rice-coconut-chilli-and-lemongrass-258x300different flavours
  • Natural Yoghurt – For Garnish
  1. Firstly, Chop up your Onions, Peppers and Coriander. Once you have done this, heat a pan with some oil and cook the onions until soft.
  2. Once the Onions are soft, add the peppers and cook them until soft.
  3. Add the Coconut milk and let it warm for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add a heaped teaspoon of the Curry Paste and use a fork or spoon to help the paste disperse as it is quite thick. Leave for a few minutes to fully disperse and bring all the flavours out. The Green Thai Paste is quite spicy as it is packed with spices, Garlic and lots of flavour, therefore there is no need to add Chilli but if you prefer your food really a516a87cfcaef229b342c437fe2b95f7spicy adding some is perfectly fine.
  5. Once your sauce has become a bit more thicker (It’s not meant to be very thick) add your Prawns and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Place your packet of rice with the top of the packet cut off into the microwave and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Finally add your coriander for a minute then serve it up with the Rice. You don’t have to place Natural Yoghurt on your curry but for me I think it tastes great and makes it less spicy for me.

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This dish is perfect for when you don’t have much food in the house, for the children and even for a special occasion because people will think you have taken a long time to make it when in actual fact it is very quick and simple. Another brilliant thing about this dish is that it is good for you meaning there is no guilt to eating it!

We hope you like, enjoy!