Sunday 1 December 2013 is D-Day Rototuna for Chapel Hill Community Church.
Instead of strapping on our Sunday best, we're lacing up our walking shoes, because it's Delivery Day - the day we deliver to our neighbours a small Christmas gift.
If you're visiting on this day, sorry. We really enjoy our worship and teaching, but there are days like 1 December when it's good for us to corporately put our words to action. You might even want to join us!
To prepare for delivery we need Gingerbread stars (or shortbread if you prefer), and we're asking for help from the church family. Use any recipe you like, but below is one I whipped up earlier. It works a treat.
Please supply your cookies next week by Friday 7pm. If you're keen, bring your dinner and family to church at 6pm Friday 29 November so we can enjoy dinner together before getting on with packaging up the biscuits into the gift bags. We'll put on a movie for the children to keep them occupied!
- 1-1/2 to 2 tablespoons of golden syrup
60g of butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1-1/4 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 ground ginger.
Pre-heat oven to 180degrees.
Soften golden syrup by standing in hot water. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy; add egg yolk and beat well. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients and warmed syrup. Mix well. At this stage you should have a dough you can knead, but isn’t sticky. (I needed to add golden syrup and a little butter to get mine just right).
Take two sheets of oven paper, and roll the dough between them until about 1/2cm thickness. Take off the top sheet of oven paper, place this on oven tray. Cut stars out of the dough and place these on the oven tray. You will be able to re-roll the scraps of dough and make about 50 7cm stars.
Bake for approx 20mins.