The Easiest Gingerbread Men in Town

Monday, 9 December 2019

Is it even christmas if you don't bake gingerbread men while listening to the sweet sweet tones of Frank Sinatra's chirstmas album? Its a no from me. When it comes to baking, as much as I love it, I'm definilty too impationt for lavishishly decorated, time consuming bakes (though if I've got a whole day free then I do try to give them my best shot!) so something quick and simple is right down my street. What I love about these, are that they just the perfect mouthful. Not too big, not too small, and light enough that you don't feel like a whale If you *accidently* eat the whole batch...ahem.  This is the recipe I tend to use, its so quick and simple and you cant go wrong. of course, sometimes I like to change the amount of spices I put in, or dust them in sugar and cinnamon before bake them to give them more of a chew, but these is just the basic's, and as the old saying goes, if it aint broke, don't fix it!

  1. Method

    Heat Oven to 180 degrees, and line a baking tray with baking paper. 

    Sieve the flour, salt, bicarb, ginger and cinnamon in a large bowl. in a saucepan, heat the butter, sugar and syrup on a medium heat until the butter had dissolved and syrup is lightly bubbling. 

    Add the dry ingredients into the pan and mix until a dough is formed.

    Once a ball has formed, pop it in a bowl and cover, and leave it in the fridge for half an hour.

    Optional while waiting - have a cup of tea and watch a Gavin and Stacy Christmas Special

    After the half an hour, on a clean, cry surface, lightly dust dust with flour and roll the dough out to about 2 point coins in height.

    Using your cutters, stamp out your shapes and using a spatular, lift your shapes and place them on your baking try.

    * Top Tip * Tap your cutter in flour and after stamping, give your shape a little wiggle, and your shape should come out in the cutter making it easier to pick up and place on the tray.

    Cook for 10-15 mins then leave to cool.

    Decorating it totally your call. You can leave them, dust them in icing powder, use royal icing, or my personal favourite, white chocolate.

    Melt a block of white cooking chocolate in a bowl over hot water and pop into a piping bag, and go wild.

    I hope these turn out as yummy for you as they do for me, and I'd love to hear what your festive go to's in the kitchen are!

    Thank you for reading, and happy baking!
    Rosie xx

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