Gingerbread Men

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I made these gingerbread men with the help of my best friend Koah. We had the whole weekend together and she loves to cook too. Sometimes when I was little, my mum would stop off at a local farm shop after school, and buy my sisters and I a delicious organic gingerbread man each. These gingerbread men taste as good! Actually too good as my big sisters devoured most of them!

Gingerbread Men

What you need

  • 350 g of organic plain flour plus extra for rolling out
  • 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  •  125 g of butter
  • 175 light brown organic sugar
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 4 tbsp of golden syrup
  • 32 currants
  • 32 glacé cherries

What to do

Sift together flour, bicarb, ginger and cinnamon and place in the food processor. Add the butter and blend together until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar. Next, lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture comes together in clumps. Take the dough out and quickly knead before wrapping it up in cling film and leaving it to chill in the fridge for about 20 mins.You can cheat and put it in the freezer for 10 minutes, which is what I did:-) Now it’s time to preheat the oven to 180C/ Gas Mark 4 / 350 F and line a couple of baking trays with cooking parchment. Now it’s time to roll out the dough into about 1/2 cm thickness on a floured surface. "gingerbread men" Take your gingerbread man shape and cut the pastry into shapes and place them onto the tin, taking care to leave a gap between them. Next decorate your men with currants and cherries and put them into the oven for about 12 mins. They cook quickly so check frequently as you don’t want to overcook them. Finally place your gingerbread men on a wire rack to cool.
"gingerbread men"
Tip: Hide from your sisters or they’ll vanish, fast!
Enjoy 🙂 Amber x

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