Blogmas Day 5 - Bake With Me! Gingerbread Men

Hi Guys and welcome to Blogmas Day 5!

Here we are with another baking post. Gingerbread men are one of my favourite things to bake all year round and they are super easy to do. I enjoyed making them and my 5 year old brother loved helping me, so lets find out how.


Ingredients:
350g Plain Flour, plus extra for rolling out
1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2tsp Ground Ginger
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
125g Butter
175g Light Soft Brown Sugar
1 Egg
4tbsp Golden Syrup

To decorate (optional):
Writing icing (any colour)
Something for the buttons
Sugar eyes


Method:

1) Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon.

2) Add the butter and use your fingers or a food processor to blend together until the mix looks like breadcrumbs.

3) Stir in the sugar.


4) Beat the egg and golden syrup together in a separate bowl or mug and add to the dry mixture. 

5) Press the mixture together with your hands, or pulse in a food processor, until it clumps together to form a dough. If the mixture will not stick together then add a little bit more golden syrup. 

6) Knead the dough until smooth and wrap in clingfilm. Leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.


7) Preheat the oven to 180°C/350F/Gas 4 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

8) Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. The dough may crack and crumble here, but persevere with it, it should stick back together as you roll it out.


9) Cut out your desired shapes and place onto the baking trays. I went with the classic gingerbread man. Make sure you leave a 1-2cm gap between them because they will spread out as they bake. 

10) The recipe says to bake for 12-15 minutes, but I found that 10 was plenty. You want them to be slightly golden and still a bit soft; they will harden as they cool.


11) Leave to cool on the tray for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. 

12) When completely cooled you can decorate them however you wish. I chose to use some sugar eyes, which I fixed with writing icing, and some chocolate M&M's for the buttons. Then I drew on a small, smiley mouth, again with some black writing icing.


Everyone enjoyed these so much that they were all gone within 2 days! The great thing about gingerbread is that there are so many different ways to decorate them, and you can use various cookie cutters for different shapes. Any age can enjoy making these and it is a great thing to do with your children or younger siblings. Family is one of the main things about Christmas for me, and what better way to bring them all together than with a bit of baking? Head over to my social media, which will be linked below as always, so that you never miss a new post. 20 sleeps to go...

Catch you tomorrow for Day 6!


Disclaimer: this is not my recipe and all rights belong to the creator. 
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