Sunday, 27 November 2016

Gingerbread shapes

As its nearly Christmas, I decided to get in the Christmas spirit by baking some tasty gingerbread. These are really quite simple and the only thing you can mess up is how long you bake them for.

  • 350g plain flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 175g chopped cold butter
  • 175g soft light brown sugar
  • 90g honey or golden syrup
  • 1 large egg
  • extra flour for icing
  • icing sugar 
  • Any colouring for your icing

  1. Preheat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius.
  2. Weigh out all your ingredients.
  3. In a bowl, put the flour, ginger, bicarbonate of soda and butter.
  4. Empty that all into a food processor and whiz it together until it looks like small grains of sand.
  5. Take that out of the food processor and back into the bowl.
  6. Gently mix together the flour mixture and your sugar (You don't want to work the flour too hard so mixing it separately will help prevent tough biscuits).
  7. Empty it all back into the food processor.
  8. In a jug, whisk together the egg and honey.
  9. Slowly pour the egg mix into the processor while pulsing at the same time. 
  10. When the mix starts to clump together, put it onto a floured surface.
  11. Gently kneed the dough to make it come together fully.
  12. Wrap the dough in tin foil and chill in the fridge for 15 mins. You can cut your dough in half so you don't have so much to work with. 
  13. Take your dough out of the fridge and roll it out it a thickness of about 3mm.
  14. Using a cookie cutter, cut out your shapes and put them onto a baking tray.
  15. Bake your biscuits for around 20 mins.
  16. If you want, you could make some icing to decorate and if you are making ginger bread men then you could use colouring to provide colour for eyes and mouth etc.
My tips:
  • Make sure to use baking paper or tin foil on your baking tray so the biscuits don't stick
  • When cooking, put them in for 15 mins then check them and put them in for longer if they need it
Although this recipe seems quite long, it does make some great gingerbread. I hope you enjoy
making some yummy festive treats! 

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