Sunday, December 24, 2006

Gingerbread Men - Christmas treats Part 2

The next item for my goodie boxes was gingerbread men, I didn’t have a recipe so kept my eye out & ended up using the recipe from Not Just Desserts. I found the dough very crumbly but don’t worry be patient & they end up holding together & giving a nice crisp cookie, once again though my decorating skills needs some perfecting!

Traditional Gingerbread recipe

350 grams plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda (or baking powder)
2 teaspoons ground ginger
100 grams unsalted butter
175 grams brown sugar
1 egg
3 tablespoons golden syrup
Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Line baking trays with baking paper. Sift flour, bicarb and ginger into a large bowl.Rub in butter until mixture resembles breadcrumbs then rub in the sugar. Beat egg and syrup together and stir into flour mixture, mixing lightly to form a smooth dough. Rest in the refridgerator for 30 minutes.
On a floured surface rollout dough to 4-5mm thickness. Cut into shapes and transfer to baking tins. Bake for 12-15 mins or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly on trays. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely then ice.
200 grams of icing sugar
1 egg white
1 tablespoon lemon juice.
Beat the egg white until soft peaks form and gradually beat in the icing sugar followed by the lemon juice. Ice the biscuits and decorate with silver/coloured cashous for buttons.

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