1. Begin by lining a large heatproof bowl with cling film.
2. Place a saucepan over a medium heat and add the sugar, syrup, treacle, water and all of the spices (ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg).
3. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture continuously until it begins to boil.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter, using a whisk to stir until all of the butter has melted and combined with the sugar and spice mixture.
5. Next, add the bicarbonate of soda and continue to whisk until completely dissolved.
6. Finally, sift in the flour using a metal sieve, before using the wooden spoon to bring the mixture together into one large ball of dough.
7. Transfer the dough into the clingfilm-lined bowl and place in the fridge to chill for around two hours.
8. Once chilled, use the cling film to help you transfer the dough onto a clean worktop and knead until smooth.
9. Preheat your oven 180°C/160°C Fan/gas mark 4 and line two large baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
10. Lightly dust the work surface with some plain flour, before placing the dough on top. Dust the top of the dough with a little more flour and use your hands to flatten down the dough slightly.
11. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to around 3mm thick – this will give you a crisp and crunchy gingerbread. If you prefer a softer, chewier gingerbread, you can leave your dough a little thicker.
12. Once you are happy with the thickness of your gingerbread, use your choice of cookie or pastry cutter to cut out as many biscuits as you can from the dough, transferring them onto the greaseproof paper-lined baking sheets.
13. Recombine the remaining dough and roll out again, cutting even more biscuits. Repeat until all of the dough has been used.
14. Bake the gingerbread in the oven for around 12-15 minutes, until the edges are just starting to colour. When you remove the gingerbread biscuits from the oven, they should still be a little soft in the centre, but they will continue to crisp up as they cool.
15. Use a spatula to transfer the biscuits onto some cooling racks and allow them to cool completely, before decorating them with your choice of decorations.
Mr Baker’s Gingerbread Biscuits are stuffed full of spice, making them the perfect treat for these colder autumn days. Why not have a go at creating your own Gingerbread Men, decorating them with writing icing and your choice of decorations? They also make a brilliant gift if you are looking for a homemade treat to share with your family and friends!