Biscuits, Christmas

Gingerbread

๐ŸŽ„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 fan๐Ÿ™ˆ. 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!

Ingredients:

  • 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.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ยฐ (160ยฐ fan).
  2. Put flour, bread soda and ginger in a bowl and mix well.
  3. Cut butter into pieces and rub into flour, until mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
  4. Mix in sugar.
  5. Beat egg and mix with syrup.
  6. Mix wet to dry ingredients and squeeze it together to form smooth dough.
  7. Dust work surface with flour and roll out dough.Cut into desired shapes.
  8. Place on lined baking tray. Do leave some space between the biscuits.
  9. Bake for 10-15 mins * see tips below
  10. Leave on tray for 5 minutes and then place on wire rack to cool.
  11. 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 it๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Baking

De (aka thecakemum)

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