Gingerbread men recipe

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:How to make gingerbread men

30ml full cream milk

50ml golden syrup

125g butter (unsalted)

1 egg

750g cake flour

125ml brown sugar

5ml bicarbonate of soda

5ml ground cinnamon

10ml ground ginger

3ml salt

 

Royal icing:

1 egg white

10ml lemon juice

250g icing sugar

 

Decorations:

Jelly tots

Smarties

 

How to make gingerbread men:

 

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 180C.

 

Step 2:

Line a baking sheet with baking paper.

 

Step 3:

Heat the milk, golden syrup and butter together in a glass jug in the microwave for one minute. Leave it to cool and add one egg.

 

Step 4:

Sift all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.Gingerbread Men Recipe

 

Step 5:

Add the egg mixture and mix to form a smooth dough.

 

Step 6:

Cover the dough with clingwrap and refrigerate for half an hour.

 

Step 7:

Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of 3mm.

 

Step 8:

Cut out the gingerbread men with a cookie cutter.

Tip: Use a straw to make a hole through the head to hang them on a Christmas tree.

 

Step 9:

Arrange the gingerbread men on the prepared baking sheet and bake for approximately 15 minutes.

 

Step 10:

Cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.Gingerbread Man Baking

 

How to make royal icing and decorate:

 

Step 1:

Combine the lemon juice and egg whites and mix with a wire whisk for 20 seconds.

 

Step 2:

In a stand mixer, combine the lemon juice and egg white mixture with the sugar, adding the sugar a little at a time.

 

Step 3:

Decorate the gingerbread men with sweets and secure with royal icing.

 

Did you know?

 

  • The first English recorded recipe for gingerbread was created in 1390. Initially the recipe involved soaking stale breadcrumbs in ginger and honey.
  • Communities used gingerbread to commemorate holidays and celebrations because the mixture was so easy to mold into a wide variety of images suitable for every occasion.
  • In the North East of England it became traditional for young women to eat gingerbread “husbands” on Halloween to supernaturally attract men.
  • Witches used gingerbread men like voodoo dolls. They would bake figures that represented their enemies and eat them.
  • In 1607 the magistrates of Delft in the Netherlands made it illegal to bake or eat the biscuits.
  • In Germany you had to belong to a gingerbread guild if you wanted to bake gingerbread men.
  • Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III had gingerbread molded in his likeness as a sort of mass marketing political campaign.
  • Queen Elizabeth I commissioned life-sized gingerbread sculptures of her favourite suitors and courtiers to impress her guests.
  • The English tradition of gingerbread men made its way to North America via English colonists, who shaped honey-spice cookies like politicians.

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