Saturday, November 20, 2010

Gingerbread Men!

Note from me: Since its coming up on Christmas, I thought I might put up some Christmas themed recipes :D.

Ingredients

  • 150g butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, sifted
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, sifted
  • 3 cups plain flour, sifted
  • milk chocolate bits, to decorate
  • Royal icing

  • 1 eggwhite
  • 1 1/4 cups pure icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Method

  1. Place butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil. Remove from heat. Stir in bicarbonate of soda. Transfer to a large, heatproof bowl. Cool.
  2. Stir in egg, ginger, mixed spice, baking powder and flour until combined. Divide dough in half. Shape into discs. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease 3 baking trays. Line with baking paper. Roll 1 dough disc between 2 sheets of baking paper until 3mm thick. Using a 7cm gingerbread man cutter, cut shapes from dough, re-rolling dough scraps. Place, 2cm apart, on prepared trays. Repeat with remaining pastry disc.
  4. Bake, 1 tray at a time, for 8 minutes or until just firm to touch. Stand on trays for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Make icing: Using a fork, beat eggwhite in a bowl until foamy. Gradually beat in icing sugar until combined. Stir in lemon juice. Spoon icing into a snap-lock bag. Snip off 1 corner. Decorate gingerbread men with icing and chocolate bits. Set aside for 20 minutes or until set. Serve.

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20 comments:

  1. nice... never had one of those..

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  2. mmm just in time for the holidays. i'll make this soon!

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  3. Plan on making some in a couple weeks, but this post makes me want to do a test run... or two. Yum

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  4. Definitely trying this when I visit my family this Christmas!

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  5. I love the taste of gingerbread! Especially houses made of them :D

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  6. soo good, we used to make gingerbread people when i was a kid.

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  7. I used to make them with my little brother. Now I see I could have used butter instead. I miss the little guy.

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  8. Excellent, not to bake them into inappropriate positions. :D

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  9. great post! i like it!
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  10. I actually don't really like gingerbread!

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  11. good post. not really int gingerbread

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  12. That have inflamed desire in my breast. Following!

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