A couple days ago the girls helped me make some gingerbread men. We love gingerbread. I love the burst of ginger with the crunch of the biscuit, its so nice with a cup of tea! It always remind me of Christmas and the cute little gingerbread houses.
Popette & I made a store bought gingerbread house last year for the first time, but I'm thinking that I might try baking the house myself this year. How hard can it be?!?
The girls had fun helping me in the kitchen although Popette was a little disappointed (or should I say devastated) that we didn't have any M&M's to decorate these cute little guys. Not to worry, they were still very tasty!
|Popette weighing the flour|
125g butter (room temperature)
100g or 1/2 cup (firmly packed) brown sugar
125ml or 1/2 cup golden syrup
1 egg, separated
375g or 2 1/2 cups plain flour
1-2 tablespoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
Preheat oven to 180°C degrees and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
Add the butter and sugar to a mixing bowl and beat until pale and creamy.
|Beating the butter and sugar|
Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda.
|Cherub adding the dry ingredients to the mixer|
Knead dough into a disc and cover with plastic wrap, then place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
|Rolled and ready for the fridge|
When rolling out the dough, I found it best to place it between 2 sheets of baking paper so it's easy to roll out. You will want to roll them out about 4mm thick, too thin and they will crack and break off.
|Rolling out the dough|
Use a gingerbread man cutter to cut out shapes.
Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes or until brown.
Remove from oven and transfer to a rack to cool.
#This recipe was adapted from a recipe found on taste.com.au.