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Gingerbread Persons

May 10, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having spent Saturday night creating and naming (!) 6  cupcake designs for K and A’s impending nuptials, I was reminded of a recent hour I spent with a batch of gingerbread dough and my icing nozzles.

The above is my first , rather shaky , attempt at piping icing and there is certainly room for improvement! However, it is incredibly delicious and addictive so here are the recipes:

Gingerbread Dough:

Makes 1 Batch*

350g plain flour

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tsp ground ginger

100g butter

175g light brown sugar

1 large egg

4 tbsp golden syrup

1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub it into the flour mixture – it should resemble fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and mix well.

2. In a different bowl, beat the egg and syrup together. Pour it over the flour/sugar and mix (probably with your hands).

3. Wrap the dough in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 190C and line two baking sheets.

4. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface so that it is about 4mm thick. Cut out your gingerbread people shapes using a cutter (unless you have Rob Ryan-esque skills with a scalpel or something…)

5. Cook it.

Icing:

I used Royal Icing and small icing nozzles to decorate my biscuits.

1 large egg white

250g icing sugar, sifted

1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

1. Whisk everything together in a large bowl – an electric whisk is easiest. The mixture should be white and form peaks.

2. Pipe away!

* Not sure how that information helps. Personally, I would deem a batch to be At Least A Dozen Biscuits Left After Your Partner/Housemate/Dog (delete as appropriate) Has Stolen A Few.