Gingerbread men… (or whatever shape you like)

How much fun is it decorating gingerbread? Everytime I look at this picture the huge chocolate drops Bailey chose for eyes make me laugh our loud! Making gingerbread men is usually synonymous with Christmas in our house, where I will add a tsp of mixed spices or clove to the mix but its the school fair on Saturday and Bailey are I are on the cake stall, so thought these might go down well as an addition to all those wonderful big cakes… thats if the 8 year old hasn’t eaten them all by then!
BAILEY ICING 2
BAILEY ICINGINGREDIENTS
Makes about 12- 15 shapes 

  • 75g light brown soft sugar
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp black treacle
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 95g butter, cut into cubes
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 225g sifted plain flour
  • tubes of coloured icing
  • cake/cookie decorations
  1. Put the sugar, syrup, treacle, water, cinnamon and ginger into a saucepan and heat gently until they reach boiling point.
    GINGERBREAD INGREDIENTS 1ST STEP
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter, mix well until dissolved.
    GINGERBREAD ADD BUTTER
  3. Add the flour and the bicarbonate of soda, stir well until you have a dough consistency.GINGERBREAD PAN ADD FLOUR

    GINGERBREAD DOUGH PAN

  4. Leave the dough covered to cool down for about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to fan 170. Prepare some baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Roll out your dough onto a floured surface until about 3mm thickness. Cut out your gingerbread men or shapes and place on your baking sheets, keeping a little space in between each one.
    GINGERBREAD DOUGH CUT
    GINGERBREAD DOUGH SHAPES CUT
  7. Bake in the centre of the oven for 10-15 minutes, the biscuits should be slightly firm when pressed.
    GINGERBREAD OUT OF OVEN
  8. Leave to cool slightly on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  9. Once totally cool, unleash your creative side by applying your icing, then adding your decorations on top. Keep in an airtight container to keep them fresh.
    GINGERBREAD DECORATED
    GINGERBREAD STAR DECORATED
    GINGERBREAD MEN DECORATED.jpg
    GINGERBREAD STARS DECORATED

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