Earlier this month the little man said out of the blue “I want to make gingerbread men.” I thought what a great idea as it will kill some time and he always loves pressing out the shapes for me.
I googled a recipe on the internet and had all the ingredients in the cupboard, very surprised about that but wasn’t complaining either.
Besides all the sneaky stealing of the dough as we were recutting and kneading we had a great production line going. Mind you the little man wanted to use all the Christmas cutters I had so I put a stop to that and only let him have a select few. He had loads of fun during this stage and couldn’t wait to ice them. I decided I needed a break so said that he had to go and have a rest in bed and when he got up we would ice the biscuits.
After colouring a few bowls of icing we were on our way to having a messy time and the little man did a fantastic job of decorating a few biscuits of his own.
125g butter at room temp
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup golden syrup
1 egg, separated
2.5 cups of plain flour
1 tbs ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp bicar soda
Plain flour to dust
1 cup pure icing sugar sifted
Egg white from above
Pre heat oven to 180C and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper
Beat the butter and sugar in bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Sift in the flour. Ginger, mixed spice & bicarb soda. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Cover with glad wrap and place in fridge for 30 mins to rest (I didn’t do this part).
Meanwhile, place egg white in a dry bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add the icing sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Divide into bowls depending on how many colours you are going to decorate your biscuits with.
Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until 4cm think. Cut out shapes and repeat until all dough is gone.
Bake in oven for 10 mins or until brown. Cool on rack and once cooled free to ice.
I also made my mum’s birthday cake that weekend; it was a buttercake with rosewater italian meringue icing. The little man assisted by placing the butterflys on the cake!!!