In Season : Christmas Styled Gingerbread Shoot

Are you feeling festive yet?

If not I hope these images from our yearly family Christmas shoot with the lovely Nestling ladies will inspire you!

Our Christmas will be far from the snowy Christmas of the north. Oh how I wish for markets in festive squares, twinkling lit streets with wreath decked doors,and medieval churches with angelic choirs.Maybe next year .

In the meantime,  the lovely Nestling ladies read my mind, and created the most beautiful winter wonderland ( in 30 oC heat in Johannesburg, a snowy fantasy was just what we needed to cool us down)

I made a gingerbread village and gingerbread ornaments, and a gingerbread biscuit wreath.

We got dressed up “fancy” as Ms S would say, hung the biscuit ornaments and made snow angels in the “snow” 

We sipped iced mulled cider, and I made the most delicious ( even if I say so myself ) one bowl Gingerbread Cake with a lemon and cream cheese icing.

It was such a fun afternoon, and just the escape I needed from the silly -season rush and pressure.

The recipe for the gingerbread is here , it’s the same recipe I use every year for the houses and the ornaments. I tried a store bought mixture for the trees and I was so disappointed. I used my recipe for everything on the gingerbread village, the wreath and all the biscuits in the images below.

I will post the recipe for the one bowl ginger cake in a separate post. It’s a fabulous recipe, it is quick, and the best part, only uses one bowl. Because seriously who has time for all that washing up and faffing with whisking egg whites, and folding in ingredients, in separate bowls when there is fun to be had!

*disclaimer* there are a lot of photos, because I just couldn’t choose which to post .

However you are celebrating this Festive Season, I hope its FUN!

Until next time, 

Much love



Gingerbread Biscuits
Gingerbread Biscuits


Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream
Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Buttercream
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas
Gingerbread Village
Gingerbread Village
Gingerbread Tree
Gingerbread Tree


Gingerbread Village
Gingerbread Village
Snow Angel


125g Butter, softened

½ Cup Brown Sugar

½ Cup Golden Syrup

  Cups  Plain Flour sifted

2tsp Ground Ginger

1tsp Bicarb Soda


1 Egg White

½ Cup Icing Sugar sifted

Preheat the oven to 180 deg C.
Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat with electric beaters until light and creamy.
Add the golden syrup, flour and bicarb and mix to form a smooth dough.
Refrigerate for 10 minutes or until the dough is firm. Don’t skip this step it is important the dough rests and firms up .
Roll out the dough between sheets of non-stick baking paper to 4mm thick.
Cut out shapes from the dough using a gingerbread man cookie cutter.
To bake:
Place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on trays.
To make the icing;
Mix the egg white and icing sugar until combined. Pipe on buttons or spread over the cookies and allow to set. Makes 25.



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