Gingerbread Men

4 February 2013

gingerbread men
Someone's been nibbling Mrs Gingerbread!
I usually do most of my baking when Lydia's having her afternoon nap. Oliver sometimes joins me and he sometimes doesn't {depends if he's doing something more interesting!} Even when Lydia's around, she's not really wanted to join in. But she's two years old now and I wanted to get her interested in baking as I knew she'd like it. She's always playing at kitchens and pretending to make food for us all. So on Sunday morning, it was raining and Hubby was working so I decided on gingerbread men... and ladies... and stars!

gingerbread men
I've never made gingerbread before so I really wanted to give it a go. I wanted to make a gingerbread house at Christmas but never got round to it. I used a recipe from a children's baking book so it was very simple but super-yummy. The recipe makes quite a large amount of dough though, so I used half of it and put the other half in the freezer. I'm reliably informed {via Mr Google!} that gingerbread dough freezes incredibly well. Double wrap it in clingfilm, pop in a freezer bag and it keeps for 4-6 weeks.

gingerbread men
Gingerbread Men

Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 9-10 minutes

350g plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
125g butter, cold and diced
150g Dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons golden syrup
1 large egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 180C {350F} Gas mark 4. Line two baking trays with baking paper.

Put the flour, bicarb of soda, ginger, cinnamon and allspice in a large bowl and mix together. 

Rub the butter into the mixture with your fingertips until it becomes a sandy consistency. Add the sugar and give a good mix.

Add the egg and golden syrup and mix with a wooden spoon until it all comes together. Tip out the dough and knead for a minute it until it's smooth.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 5mm {1/4"} then using your cutters, cut out the shapes. Re-roll the leftover dough and cut out more shapes.

Place on the baking trays ans cook for 9-10 minutes until they turn slightly darker in colour. Let them cool on a wire rack.

Decorate with icing {I used those tubes of coloured icing}, sweets and raisins.

Oh and by the way Lydia enjoyed helping with the baking. She did some stirring but soon lost interest and wandered off to play with her doll. She enjoyed eating them though!

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