Well doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun? It’s been over two weeks since we had our gingerbread making session on 19th December and granted, a lot has happened, but I can scarcely believe it’s the New Year and I’m only just posting the recipe up! So apologies to anyone who has been waiting (with baited breath I’m sure haha) for this. We used the gingerbread recipe from an excellent book that both Kate and I possess, namely Peyton & Byrne – British Baking.
- 350g plain flour
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 150g light soft brown sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Sift the flour, ginger and bicarb into a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until the mixture feels like sand, then stir in the sugar.
Whisk the beaten egg with the golden syrup and add to the bowl. Mix well to form a firm dough.
Roll the dough out on a floured surface to a thickness of about 3mm and cut out your shapes.
We had a bit of a cutter bonanza and did all sorts – men, ladies, bells, stars, hearts and even butterflies!
Place your shapes onto the prepared tray. Bake for about 10 mins or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let the biscuits cool on the baking tray for 5 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Now for the fun bit – decorating! We had a lot of kids at the session that day ranging in age from 2 to 13 years so we started with the youngest first and went from there. We made a simple icing (360g icing sugar, 4 tbsp water). The mums kicked back with some mulled cider (ahh now that seems so far away in the cold, sober January light) and the kids did their thing with silver balls, purple glitter sugar and goodness knows what else. We had made little holes in the biscuits with a view to hanging them on our Christmas trees but I know mine never made it to our tree. Did anyone’s? Please let us know if you did put your biscuits on your tree.
Thanks so much to Jackie, Anita, Jo, Sarah, Hannah and Claire for baking with us! We haven’t set a date yet for our next bread making session but will keep you posted.
Here’s wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2012 from The Bread Club.