Monday, December 14, 2015

How to make Gingerbread Men

Hey Everyone!

I'm going to giving you an amazing gingerbread man recipe today so keep reading if you want to know how to make the best gingerbread men in the world!

(I actually did a youtube video on myself making these gingerbread men, so if you would like to see how I actually made them then head on over to that video here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h6WHVxFEMo )

Ingredients- 
350g (12oz) of plain flour
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
3 teaspoons of ground ginger
115g (4oz) of butter (chopped up)
175g (6oz) soft light brown sugar
4 tablespoons of golden syrup 
1 egg (beaten) 

To Decorate-
You can use whatever you want, from smarties, to chocolate chips etc. I would recommend getting some icing and using an icing piper to decorate. Just let your imagination go wild!

Tools you will need- 
-Big mixing bowl
-Small bowl
-Wooden spoon
-Baking tray 
-Rolling pin
-Gingerbread Man Cutters 

How to make them-

1. Wash your hands

2. Preheat your oven to 190C / Gas mark 5. 

3. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into your mixing bowl. Stir with wooden spoon.

4. Rub the butter into the dry mixture with your fingertips until it starts to feel and look like breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and stir with wooden spoon.

5. Crack the egg into your small bowl and add the 4 tablespoons of syrup, stir well. 

6. Add your egg and syrup mixture to the big mixing bowl and stir until the mixture becomes a dough. (If your mixture is too sticky then keep adding flour until it becomes a soft dough- If your mixture is too dry, try and add a little more butter until it becomes a soft dough.)

7. Lightly grease your baking tray with some butter.

8. Knead the dough until it becomes smooth. Roll out until the dough is 1/2cm thick on a lightly floured surface. 

9. Now it's time to stamp out your gingerbread man shapes. Lightly add them to your baking tray. (You will have left over dough, you can either keep making more batches or pop into a air tight container and put in the fridge for another day) 

10. Bake your gingerbread men in the oven for 8-9minutes for a soft/chewy gingerbread man or 10-12 minutes for a more crisp gingerbread man. 

11. Take your tasty treats out of the oven and allow them to cool on a cooling rack in the fridge for 10 minutes. 

12. Finally, it's time for the fun part- Decorate your gingerbread men until they look perfect enough for you and your friends/family to enjoy!!! 

Thanks so much for reading guys, I hope you enjoyed this post. 

M ^.^ X

P.S- Go on over to my YouTube channel and check it out, there are lots of fun christmassy videos to watch! This is the link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h6WHVxFEMo 

(Here are some pictures of my gingerbread men!) 





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