Gingerbread Boys …

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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 !!!

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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

125g butter

175g soft brown sugar

1 egg

4 tbsp golden syrup

Method :

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 !!!!!

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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 …..

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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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