Wow, Christmas really is around the corner now! Don’t worry though, our friends at The K Club have been busy preparing their Country House for one very special visitor…YOU (oh, and Santa of course!). Christmas shopping, cooking and entertaining can be hard work, so you could always call The K Club and let them look after you and yours this Christmas.
The chefs have been busy in the kitchen preparing tasty mince pies and Christmas puds and the smells of cinnamon, spice and all things nice emanating from the kitchen have got us all in the Christmas spirit!
We tried to get Chef to give us his secret Christmas gingerbread men recipe but he wouldn’t so we nagged him for days and eventually he gave in! Here it is:
The K Club’s Secret Christmas Gingerbread Man Recipe
100g vanilla sugar
450 g plain flower
225 ml treacle
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 ½ teaspoons of warm water
1 ½ teaspoons of fresh, grated ginger
1 ½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of salt
50g of sultanas for decoration
In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, egg and treacle. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in warm water and add to the butter mixture. Beat until smooth. Mix in flour, spices and salt until well blended. Cover and chill for 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Grease baking trays. Roll out dough to a thickness of .5cm on a floured surface. Cut out gingerbread men using man-shaped cutters and place 5cm apart on baking trays. Use sultanas to make eyes, noses and buttons. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm. Let cool on wire racks
Christmas Preparation Tip of the Week
Keep a stash of emergency gifts for unexpected visitors. You don’t have to go mad, try your hand at making some of the Gingerbread Men and always have a few nice bottles of wine on hand!