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Ginger Bread

It’s always fun to bake but it’s even more fun to share your wares with others. I’d been moaning a bit this week to a mate so decided ginger bread was the answer, not only to cheer myself up but to provide a little gift to my kindhearted friend.

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Just a touch of cellophane and ribbon make even the burnt ones look good!

Ginger Bread Recipe

Makes: 40 little stars or 20 ginger bread men/ ladies

Cooking Time:  10mins at 180

125g butter at room temperature

100g brown sugar

375g plain flour

125ml golden syrup

1 egg yolk

1 tbls ground ginger

1 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp bicarb soda

Beat sugar and butter with electric whisk, add syrup and egg yolk, stir in sifted dry ingredients.  Knead into a round lump and cover with cling film and put in the fridge for 30mins.  Once rested in fridge roll out onto a lightly floured surface till about 5 mm thick and cut out your desired shapes!

Crafty Tip : If you don’t have mixed spice mix together a little cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg

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Chicken and Leek Pies

Ingredients (makes 5)

5 sheets of frozen puff pastry

2 chicken breasts

1 large leek

Chicken stock

1 tbls olive oil

1 tbls flour

1 tbls butter

1 cup milk

dried herbs

salt and pepper

Method

1.Pre heat oven to 200 degrees c, take out your pastry and grease your pie tins.

2. In a frying pan, add half the olive oil and gently brown the chicken and herbs, then set aside.

3. In the same pan gently sautee the leeks until soft with remaining oil.

4. In a saucepan melt the butter over a low heat and add flour to make a roux. Once mixed slowly add the milk to make your sauce until thickened to a nice consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Add the chicken and leeks from before and stir for 5 mins.

6. Cut out pie shapes by using a saucer and pour filling in being careful not to overload.

7. Cover pies and seal with pastry, use egg wash and herbs for a proffesional look.  Cook for 15-20 or until golden brown.

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