Monday, 23 November 2009

Gingerbread Men Recipe

If she has the Gingerbread Men bow, she will need the recipe to go with it. This is an easy one.

Makes approx 16 Gingerbread Men - 350g (12 oz) plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, 2 tsp ground ginger 110g (4 oz), diced butter 175g (6 oz), soft light brown sugar, 4 tbsp golden syrup, 1 beaten egg, currants - to decorate.

Method: Preheat oven to 190 °C / 375 °F / Gas 5. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, stir in the sugar. Beat the syrup into the egg the stir into the flour mixture. Knead this dough until smooth, divide in half. Roll out, half at a time, on a floured surface until about 0.5 cm (¼ inch) thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out gingerbread men until all the dough has been used up, re-rolling and cutting the trimmings. Repeat with the second half of the dough. Place the gingerbread men on greased baking sheets and decorate with currants to represent eyes and buttons. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Leave on the baking sheets to cool slightly, transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Then eat! Bite their heads off or feet first? I always leave their little head until last. Somehow it just makes me feel better.

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