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.
- 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.