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Easy Christmas decorations using your wood fired oven

Christmas is a fantastic time of the year where you get to be as creative as you like, especially when it comes to festive decorations. We’ve written this blog post to inspire you to get crafty, but getting your wood fired ovens involved too! We’re talking edible gingerbread garland and salt dough decorations. Whoever knew your wood fired oven could be so crafty?

Edible gingerbread Christmas garlandGingerbread Christmas Bunting

You’ll Need

  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 90g brown sugar
  • 230g golden syrup
  • 375g plain flour, sifted
  • 2tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp baking soda

Method (Make these gingerbread men on Christmas eve, so they are nice and fresh for Christmas morning)

Fire up your wood fired oven to its optimum temperature, then leave your oven to cool until it reaches 160°c.

Mix together the butter and sugar until you have a creamy mixture. Then add in the golden syrup, flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda and beat until you have smooth dough.

Roll the out your dough until it is about 4mm thick and lay between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Next, using a small sized gingerbread man cutter cut out as many gingerbread men as you can. Using a 6mm round nozzle or shape cut out two holes either side of the gingerbread men’s arms so that you can thread ribbon through once baked.

Pop on a lined high heat-baking tray and bake for 6-8 minutes. Once your gingerbread men are golden brown take them out and leave them to cool.

Once cooled, thread the gingerbread men together onto one length of festive ribbon.

On Christmas morning take these tasty treats down and enjoy!


Christmas Tree Decorations

If you want to make something slightly more permanent, then why not try using salt dough to make some unique decorations? You can easily use the residual heat in your wood fired ovens to bake these and they will last a really long time.

Salt Dough RecipeCHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

You’ll Need

  • 500g flour
  • 225g salt
  • 225g cold water

Method

Mix together the salt and flour, gradually adding the water until your mix has your desired consistency. Knead the dough on a flat surface, until smooth.

Using a rolling pin, roll out your dough until it is the thickness you desire. Use cutters for the shapes you desire. If you want to use your salt dough for decorations then remember to use a toothpick to poke a hole through the dough so you can hang them on your tree. If you want to create a darker salt dough, just add in some cocoa powder for a gingerbread-esque shade.

Next you will need to fire up your wood fired oven to its optimum temperature, then leave to cool until it reaches 200°c. Alternatively you can use the residual heat in your oven after you have used it at its optimum temperature. Bake until your salt dough is hard and baked through. Be aware that baking time can vary depending on how thick the dough is.

After the shapes are baked, use sandpaper to smooth any rough edges. Now all you need to do is decorate your decorations. Use festive paints and glitter, but remember less is more! Find some seasonal string or ribbon and tie them onto your tree.

We hope we have inspired you to get crafty with your wood fired ovens this Christmas. Be sure to send us pictures of your wood fired seasonal decorations; we love seeing them here at Stone Bake HQ!

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