As I write this the snow is falling thick outside and schools are quickly closing throughout the county. It is also the first day of December a perfect day to start of some Christmas inspired baking. I’ve baked these in classes for the last week and the pupils have enjoyed making them.
Makes around 12 large gingerbread men
Adapted from Cookie & Biscuit Bible
350g Plain Flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1-2 tsp of ground ginger
115g unsalted butter, cubed
170g soft dark brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp (40g) of golden syrup
raisins and smarties for decoration
1) Preheat the oven to 180°c and cover 2 baking trays with baking parchment.
2) Rub together the flour, butter, ginger and bicarbonate of soda until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs.
3) Add the sugar egg and golden syrup. To start with, mix the dough with a wooden spoon them once it is well combined use your hands to knead the dough. At first the mixture can seem quite dry but keep kneading. It will become soft and pliable.
4) Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cut out the shapes and place on baking sheet. Decorate if you want with smarties and raisins.
5) Bake for 15min until slightly risen and beginning to colour. Leave for 5 min then continue to cool on a wire rack. Store in a tin to stop them going soggy.