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110g butter
175g caster sugar
4tbsp golden syrup
350g wholemeal flour
1 egg
1tsp (level) bicarbonate of soda
2tsp ground ginger

Yields approximately 24 men.


1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas 5. Line 3 baking trays with non-stick baking parchment.

2. Measure the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips so the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

3. Add golden syrup and egg, mix until it forms a dough, then knead lightly at the end.

4. Divide the dough into two and roll out one half on lightly floured surface. When it is approximately half a centimetre (5mm) thick use your cutter to form the shape, then place on baking sheet.

5. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, when ready take out and place men on cooling rack.

Optional Decorations:

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