350g (12oz) plain flour
1 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 level teaspoons ground ginger
100g (4oz) butter
175g (6oz) light muscovado sugar
4 tablespoons golden syrup
1 large egg, beaten
1. Pre-heat the oven to 190C/ fan 170C gas 5. Lightly grease 3 baking trays.
2. Measure the flour , bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a bowl. Rub in the butter with your finger tips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar. Add the golden syrup and beaten egg and mix to form a smooth dough, kneading lightly with the hands towards the end.
3. Divide the dough in half and roll out one half onto a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of about 5mm (1/4 in). Cut out into shapes of your choice and place them onto the prepared baking trays. Repeat with the remaining dough.
4. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 10 - 12 minutes until they become a slightly darker shade. Cool slightly then lift on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.