Whether it’s a Christmas treat, birthday, as a gift, or party snacks; ginger bread men are good all year round. They are a great way to get the kids involved and creative in the kitchen and it will bring out the kid in the rest of you. This sweet, spicy and very moreish recipe will certainly get everyone of all ages knocking at you kitchen door.
- Makes approximately 20 biscuits
- 3 oz (75 g) soft brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons golden syrup
- 1 tablespoon black treacle
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- finely grated rind of ½ orange
- 3½ oz (95 g) butter cut up into cubes
- ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- approximatly 8 oz (225 g) plain flour
- Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4, 350°F (180°C).
- Sieve the soft brown sugar into a large sauce pan
- Add the golden syrup, treacle, 1 tablespoon of water, spices and rind.
- Whist stirring constantly, bring this mixture to boil.
- Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter, and the bicarbonate of soda.
- Gradually stir in the flour until a smooth dough is formed– you may need to add a little more flour if the dough to too sticky.
- Cover the dough with cheese cloth and leave in a cool place to rest and become firm, this should take about 20-30 minutes.
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 3 mm thick and cut out the gingerbread men or any other shapes of your choice. (this is where the kids can help out, just be careful with any sharp edges on cutters)
- Arrange the biscuits on the lightly greased baking sheets
- Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the biscuits feel firm when lightly pressed.
- Allow biscuits to cool for a few minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack
- Once the biscuits are completely cool, the kids can really get involved – use you imagination, get a collection of sweets and different coloured icing and let them get creative