It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

With Christmas fast approaching, is it about time to get your Christmas preparation underway.

Whether you are planning on making everything yourself, or are planning to leave other culinary and crafty genius’s to do the hard work for you, there is something really special about the smell of gingerbread baking.

We have based our recipe on Tamasin Day-Lewis’ recipe for gingerbread men to make our Christmas tree decorations, and a huge variety of cutters that we found in the back of an old drawer. The decorations are then the really fun bit!

The Pentillie Chistmas Tree is abundant with these gingerbread decorations – not only do they look, smell and taste delicious but they are also a great idea for a sustainable decoration or gift!


Gingerbread recipe
110g unsalted butter
100g light muscovado sugar
170g golden syrup
400g plain flour, sifted
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, sifted

1 egg white
55g unrefined icing sugar, sifted
A squeeze of lemon juice


Preheat the oven to 190 degrees / Gas Mark 5. Beat the butter and brown sugar until light and creamy. Add the golden syrup, sifted flour, ginger and sifted bicarb and mix until you have a smooth dough. Roll out the dough between sheets of non-stick baking parchment. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Cool on racks.

Icing: Mix the egg white and sifted icing sugar together thoroughly with a little squeeze of lemon. Pipe onto decorations. Leave to set.

Christmas tree with gingerbread decorations


On behalf of us all at Pentillie Castle – we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas!

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