It’s Christmas Eve! One more sleep to go guys! Today I am spending the day preparing the food for tomorrow’s long awaited Christmas feast! If you saw my Insta Stories yesterday you would have seen that my daughter and I baked our homemade Mince Pies, check out my recipe here. So today we decided to bake some Gingerbread men to leave out for Father Christmas tonight!
Recently, my daughter has shown a massive interest in cooking and baking (she is definitely my child!) She is so open to trying new foods all the time and loves baking biscuits and cakes! As it is Christmas Eve I won’t waffle on and write a long post but as a Christmas gift from my family to yours I thought I would share a really easy Gingerbread recipe that I have found to be the best for a quick and easy baking experience that are fun to make with your little ones!
(Makes 14 Gingerbread Men)
350g Self Raising Flour
1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2tsp Ground Ginger
1tsp Ground Cinnamon (I used Lucybee Organic Cinnamon Powder)
125g Unsalted Butter
175g Light Soft Brown Sugar
1 Large Egg, lightly beaten
4tbsp Dessert Golden Syrup
A box of Royal Icing, ready made or ready to mix and colour pastes
or Coloured Writing Icing (this is a quicker way to decorate as you don’t need to add colours)
You will need a Gingerbread Man Cutter, any size will do it will just alter the amount you make
Preheat fan oven to 180 degrees
Line a couple of baking trays with parchment or greaseproof paper (you will probably need to bake in two batches if you only have one oven)
In a large bowl, sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and set aside
In another bowl cream the butter (I used my mircowave for about 10 seconds to make the butter really soft)
In a smaller bowl, lightly beat the egg and add the golden syrup and mix together
Add the dry ingredients to the butter and make into breadcrumbs
TIP: I started off using a fork to combine the ingredients and then with clean hands I used my thumb and fingers to create ‘breadcrumbs’
Add the egg mixture and knead for around 5 minutes to combine all the ingredients until you have formed a cookie dough like texture
Cover the bowl with cling film and put in the fridge for around 10-15 minutes for the dough to cool to prevent the mixture from crumbling when you use your cutters
On a clean worktop dust a little flour before rolling out the dough to about a 1/4 inch thickness
Use you cutters to cut out as many as you can, you may have to keep the excess and roll out a few times to get as many cut as you can
Place in the middle of the oven for around 8-10 minutes, until the dough has become a light golden brown on top (remember to leave at least 1 inch in-between as these babies will grow!)
Leave on the baking tray for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack as this will prevent any breakage
Once cooled you can decorate them how you wish!
Store in an airtight container for later or enjoy straight away with a spiced tea latte or a cup of tea!
Merry Christmas! Have a good one!