Run, Run as Fast as You Can

Today, I was feeling decidedly under weather and so chose to spend it curled up in my new pyjamas decorated with gingerbread men. Please see below:

I wanted to make some gingerbread men but I didn’t have te brain capacity to put something in the oven and remember to take it out again. This is sad but to make up for it, I have listed the recipe for Gingerbread Men below.

Gingerbread Men

  • 350g plain flour
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g butter
  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tbsp Golden Syrup

1. Mix together the flour, spices and bicarbonate of soda.

2. Rub in the butter until it looks like breadcrumbs.

3. Add the sugar.

4. In a separate bowl mix together the egg and golden syrup then add to the dry ingredients.

5. Mix together until it forms a dough. Tip out onto a clean, floured work surface and knead for a minute or two until it is smooth.

6. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 5.

7. Roll out the dough to the depth of a pencil (approx 5mm) and cut out shapes with cookie cutters.

8. Lay the biscuits on a greased baking tray and bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

9. Re-cut the hole in the top if it has closed up and leave on the baking tray until cool.

And according to Wikipedia: The Gingerbread Man (also known as The Gingerbread Boy) is the anthropomorphic protagonist in a fairy tale about a cookie’s escape from various pursuers and his eventual demise between the jaws of a fox. The Gingerbread Boy makes his first print appearance in the May 1875 issue of St. Nicholas Magazine in a cumulative tale which, like “The Little Red Hen”, depends on rhythm and repetition for its effect with one event following hard upon another until the climax is reached.


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