After a glorious day yesterday we had high hopes for a sunny day today … however the weather Gods appeared to have a different idea !! So what else is there to do on a dull , grey summers afternoon …. other than make that most autumnal of treats !! Gingerbread men …!
F got a baking set for his birthday and finally he got to use it !! I made them the gingerbread dough ( For my own sanity really …) and then I let them loose with rolling pins , cutters and icing sugar .. Lots and lots of icing sugar !!
They both had a great time .. even making their own Sponge bob and Patrick shaped biscuits …spirits undampened by the eldest suggesting the baked biscuits “smelt like sick” .. Gee thanks Bill !!!
Here’s the recipe I used for Gingerbread (makes 20 )
350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
175g soft brown sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
Sift the flour , bicarb , ginger & cinnamon together add the butter and using the fingertip method (rubbing in) rub it in until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.. now stir in the sugar .
Beat the egg and the golden syrup together and add to the breadcrumbby mixture and stir with a blunt knife until the mixture becomes a soft dough. wrap in clingfilm & pop in the fridge for 30 mins.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper .
Next .. hand the kids a lump of dough each … liberally flour/icing sugar the sideboard …. launch rolling pins and cutters in their general direction .. and leg it as far away as possible !!!!!
Once the carnage has subsided … place the shapes made by the kids and place them on the baking trays ! Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes …
Once out of the oven leave on the trays for 10 mins and then Cool on a wire rack until cold and hardened.
Next hand the kids some icing pens and other such cakey decorations ( smarties , raisins , silver balls etc ) and once again run for cover …..
The only thing left to do is EAT and enjoy !! Oh and grab a cuppa and thank the heavens above you came through it all with your sanity in tact .. and if not your sanity .. at least with a hot cup of tea … maybe !!!!
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