Nothing says Christmas like gingerbread. I love it, I could live off the stuff year round. Something about the warming spice, dark molasses rich sugar and the lightly chewy texture from the golden syrup that just darn well warms the cockles and gets me in the festive spirit. This recipe has a lovely aromatic to it with the addition of the orange zest and freshly grated nutmeg. Ideal for edible or decorative use, but why would you want to waste a good biscuit on the tree?
My Gingerbread Men recipe.
350g Plain Flour
130g butter (or vegan margarine)
105g dark muscavardo sugar
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
nutmeg to taste
zest of half and orange
4 tbsp golden syrup (I like to substitute 1tbsp of golden syrup for a tbsp of syrup from stem ginger jar)
- Preheat the oven to 170c/gas mark 4. Line a baking sheet/tray with greaseproof paper.
- Sift together into a bowl the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon.
- Add grated nutmeg to taste and orange zest to the dry mix.
- Melt together on a low heat the butter, golden syrup and muscavardo sugar. Once combined remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Mix the syrup to the dry mix and combine to form a dough.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface and roll out dough to around 5mm thickness.
- Rub your selected cutters in flour (I used a combination of gingerbread men and Christmas shapes).
- Cut out your gingerbread men, re rolling the dough until used. I like to bake the odd funny shapes of offcuts to nibble on warm out of the oven. Sometimes as raw dough!)
- Arrange your gingerbread figures on the baking sheet, leaving space between.
- Bake for 10 mins until lightly browned.
- Remove from oven. Gently lift gingerbread onto a cooling rack. Biscuits should be a little fragile while warm, hardening as they cool.
- Once completely cool decorate the little fellas (and ladies) with icing and your choice of sweeties. I like to use smarties but any small sweet works just as well, like jelly tots or skittles.
- Now tuck in! But importantly do you eat your gingerbread men head or feet first?