🎄I’ve been asked a few times for a really good gingerbread recipe. It’s a hard one to answer for me, as I am not a ginger fan🙈. Anyway, this year, I decided to try making gingerbread dough and enlisted a few taste testers to give their verdict. They liked it, so I’ll take a leap and share a recipe of something, that I don’t really eat!
- 340 g plain flour
- 1 level tsp bread soda
- 2 level tsp ground ginger
- 112 g butter (I used salted)
- 1 egg (I used large as that’s what I had. Medium would work too)
- 170 g soft light brown sugar
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- Writing icing, sweets and sprinkles for decorating. I used red, white and black fondant, as I had some in the house.
- Preheat oven to 180° (160° fan).
- Put flour, bread soda and ginger in a bowl and mix well.
- Cut butter into pieces and rub into flour, until mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
- Mix in sugar.
- Beat egg and mix with syrup.
- Mix wet to dry ingredients and squeeze it together to form smooth dough.
- Dust work surface with flour and roll out dough.Cut into desired shapes.
- Place on lined baking tray. Do leave some space between the biscuits.
- Bake for 10-15 mins * see tips below
- Leave on tray for 5 minutes and then place on wire rack to cool.
- Allow to cool fully before decorating.
Tips and observations:
- I stored the dough in the fridge for a few days before I baked the gingerbread man. It keeps well and I reckon it would freeze well too.
- I baked the gingerbread men for 11 minutes, as my kids like it kinda chewy in the middle. Bake for longer if you prefer more of a snap.
- The kids decorated the biscuits. They used a little water to stick the fondant onto the biscuit. We had some old writing icing tubes, but they didn’t work that well. I must buy new ones.
- I think a black edible ink pen is a good buy. We drew the eye balls onto the fondant. It’s also great for drawing on marshmallows (will post about that another time)
- I had great intentions of decorating the house shapes, but it never happened….
- If you want the super easy option, buy gingerbread dough in IKEA. All of the fun of rolling out, baking and decorating, without the hassle of making it😉
De (aka thecakemum)
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