So the weather was really horrible today and to top it off I was on the breakfast shift at work. Getting up at half five and going to work when its dark, cold, rainy and windy is never fun. Although I got the rest of the day off so that was a bonus. When I finally got home, I decided to do some baking since its Autumn and rainy. I seem to be a bit obsessed with gingerbread just now which of course means I have to baked some gingerbread men!!
Here is everything you need to make them (I got the ingedients list from Be-Ro Home Recipes 40th Edition):
Self Raising Flour - 300g
Salt - a pinch
Ground Ginger - 3tsp
Caster Sugar - 100g
Margarine - 50g
Golden Syrup - 3 tbsp
Milk - 4 tbsp
Chocolate Chips (as decoration)
Glace Cherries (as decoration)
Glace Icing (as glue for the decorations)
The first things you need to do is heat your oven to 160°C (325°F or gas mark 3) and either greasy or lay non-stick cooking paper onto baking trays. After that you need to mix the flour, salt and ginger in a bowl. Then you need to slightly warm the margarine, sugar and syrup together and then add it into the other mixture. The last thing you need to do is add the milk and then knead the ingredients together with your hands. The next part is the best - cutting out the little gingerbread men shapes! What you need to do is roll out the mixture (with a rolling pin) onto a floured surface and then use a gingerbread man shaped cutter to cut them out. You then take your're baking tray and lay all the little men (or women) on it and pop it into the oven for about 15 minutes.
|(Look at the mess I made!! AHHHH!!)|
Once the 15 minutes is up, just take them out of the oven and lay them on a cooling tray and leave them to well... cool. Then you can go ahead and decorate them however you like. I decided to go for chocolate chips as eyes and buttons and the glaces cherries as smiles. I thought it would also be cute to drip their hands and feet into thick, creamy chocolate to look like they were wearing gloves and boots. I didn't try that this time but I think I will at some point.
This is how my cute little gingerbread men turned out:
I hope you enjoyed this post. Sorry its not a regular beauty one but I just fancied a change and I do love to bake during the cold Autumn and Winter months!