As promised today I am going to share with you my favourite gingerbread man recipe.
The first gingerbread man appears to be credited to Elizabeth 1 who gave one to each of visiting dignitaries designed to look like them. I understand that they were once given as a token of love.
Gingerbread today is presented to us in many forms from the simplest of biscuits, Christmas decorations or gingerbread people to wonderful decorated house like the one we see in Hansel and Gretel. (You will see from my schedule of blogs that I hope to create a gingerbread house on the 26th Nov, this is the same recipe that I would use for the house. If you know you are limited to time but would like to decorate a house there are some great ones available. Ikea usually do some good ones.)
Why do I love gingerbread so much?:
Besides the wonderful aroma that fills your house, it evokes some wonderful memories of baking with my children and their friends and not just when they were small children. And when all is said and done it tastes delicious.
350g Plain Flour
1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2tsp Ground Ginger
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
175g Light Brown Soft Sugar
4 tblsp Golden Syrup
Now for the decorating:
There really is not right or wrong way to decorate your gingerbread people, give yourself permission to be as creative as you like.
Ingredients you will need:
3 Egg Whites
600g Icing Sugar
1 tsp Liquid Glucose
1tsp Lemon Juice
If you are not likely to use the food colouring again I would recommend just getting the ready made colour icing kits from Asda it will save you a great deal of time and expense and they are perfect for children to use. However, if you fancy making your own, you will be able to keep in the fridge what you don’t use to use on your gingerbread house and Christmas Tree Brownies.
If you read yesterday’s post I mentioned using the gingerbread recipe to make a stocking filler present for your children here is a pic of the one I created this morning. The label simply gives the additional ingredients needed, i.e an egg and some butter. You will see the syrup is inside in a small pot.
I really hope you will all have fun with this. I look forward to seeing some of your gingerbread men / People.
Tomorrow, I am going to start to look at how to create simple fondant decorations for your Christmas Cakes. Till then have a pleasant evening x