I love baking, especially at this time of year. Admittedly, I am not the best because I definitely inherited the impatience gene, but it is so fun to see creations come to life.
This weekend Lew and I made gorgeous and amateur-baking-friendly gingerbread men, that is super foolproof and can’t go wrong unless you try really, really hard. They turned out so cute & super tasty, and I wanted to share in the spirit if Christmas! :-)
We used the recipe from bbc.co.uk which is super quick and easy. All we needed was:
- 350g Plain Flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 125g butter
- 175g light soft brown sugar
- 1 free-range egg
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- Icing & decorations
Start off by mixing together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, the ginger and the cinnamon. Then add the butter and blend, either with a food processor or with your hands if necessary. We also added the sugar at this point too, and it should look ‘like breadcrumbs’.
Then, in a separate bowl mix the egg and the syrup together and mix together until it starts to stick together in a big ball. It is easier to do this with a whisk and then your hands too. Knead for a while, wrap in a sling of clingfilm (not too much) and leave in the fridge to chill for 15-20 mins.
We preheated the oven to 180 degrees but with a fan oven I recommend to 160 degrees because it have a tendency to burn more easily. Line 2-4 trays with greaseproof paper, and when 15-20 mins is up, tip a small amount of flour onto the counter to roll out the dough, about half a cm thick. Cut out your shapes and place them with enough space on the trays.
Bake the gingerbread men for 12-15 minutes, but check halfway through as some of ours cooked more easily than others. Once done, remove the gingerbread and place them on wire racks for about 20-30 mins or until completely cooled, ready to decorate!
I think my favourite is the Reindeer.