At the risk of repeating myself… Baking with my little one is always great fun and a rejuvenating experience. We do have our fights and arguments, but those endless banter keeps the kitchen so full of life. Glad that she finds comfort in spending time with me in the kitchen.
One more recipe that goes in as ‘memories for tomorrow’… Yay!
Now to the recipe – a quintessential Christmas treat, these Gingerbread men are uncomplicated to make, and great fun recipe to involve kids. This is adapted from http://www.laurainthekitchen.com I’ve halved the recipe and went egg-less with this one.
You need –
- All-purpose flour – 1.5 cups
- Brown sugar – 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons
- Ground cinnamon – 1.5 teaspoon
- Ground ginger – 2 teaspoons
- Salt –1/4 teaspoon
- Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon
- Unsalted butter, 85 grams, cut into small cubes
- Maple syrup – 1/4 cup
- Milk – 1 tablespoon
How to –
In food processor process the flour, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, salt and baking soda till well combined. Add the butter cubes and continue to pulse till the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
To the food processor add the maple syrup and milk gradually and combine till the mixture clumps together. Remove the dough to slightly floured work surface and knead till smooth. Cover the dough with a cling rap and refrigerate for an hours.
Pre-heat the over to 180 C.
Roll the dough into a 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface. Using a cookie cutter, cut into gingerbread men shapes. Place them on the baking tray leaving a little gap between each.
Bake them for 12-15 minutes or till lightly golden.Remove and cool them for 10 minutes then on a wire rack..
When cooled completely decorate with royal icing.