Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and
cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Add the
butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in
Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food
processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the
dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and
leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays
with greaseproof paper.
Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured
surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes
and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on
the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish
cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake