These Latvian gingerbreads are a family specialty. Every family has their own variation – some pale, some soft, some bland… ours are none of those things! Roll the dough thin to get a crisp crack when you bite into these very moorish spicy biscuits.

Baking time 9 minutes

750g plain flour
¼ ts bicarbonate of soda
3 TB cinnamon
3 TB ginger
1 ½ TB nutmeg
1 ½ TB cloves

1 cup brown sugar

130g lard
130g butter

½ ts cider vinegar
550g syrup (1:1 golden syrup & treacle)


1 – In a large bowl, mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spices.

2 – Add sugar, mix well.

3 – Rub in lard and butter.

4 – Add syrup and vinegar, mix well.

5 – Wrap in Glad Wrap and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

6 – Preheat oven to 180° C.

7 – Cut as much as needed, then roll onto a floured board thinly. The thinner the dough, the crispier the biscuit.

8 – Cut into Christmas shapes and place on Glad Bake covered tray. Cook 8-12 minutes until just browning. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.