It can also be made with non-alcoholic wine, cider or apple juice.
It is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas and is served at Christmas markets in Europe.
It is often served alongside mince pies or gingerbread, so get festive and cozy up with this delicious combo for a special treat.
175g/6.5oz plain flour
1 rounded teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 level teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 level teaspoon baking powder
75g/3oz soft light brown sugar
2 tablespoons golden syrup
Once cooked leave on baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
Decorate when cold
Can also be made with gluten free flour and/or dairy free margarine.
1 bottle of red wine
1 pint of orange juice or water
4 cinnamon sticks
8 star anise
1 orange sliced
1/2 cup sugar (or less if preferred)
4 measures of brandy (optional)
Put all the ingredients into a large pan and heat on low for at least 15 minutes to allow all the flavours to infuse. (Do not boil)
Serve when ready – it can be kept on the hob on low and more ingredients added as needed.
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