Family Recipe: Festive Ginger Bread Men
With school over for the holidays, children are at home and are more excited than ever for Christmas to finally arrive! So how do you keep them entertained until then? Luckily we have the perfect festive activity for them to get stuck into, whether they’re big cooks or little cooks – baking traditional, very festive gingerbread men. The recipe is simple and decorating the biscuits is great fun – it’s so easy you can do it anywhere, at home or at North Wales holiday parks. With the recipe making around 20 biscuits you’ll have plenty to give as gifts, use as tree decorations or simply guzzle down! Here’s how to get started: Ingredients:
- 350g/12oz plain flour.
- 125g/4½oz butter.
- 175g/6oz light soft brown sugar.
- 1 free-range egg.
- 4 tablespoon golden syrup.
- 2 teaspoon ground ginger.
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda.
- Writing icing (which can be piped).
- Cake decorations such as smarties or silver balls.
Method: Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger with a sieve before adding to a food processor with the butter, blending until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs and then stir in the sugar. Lightly beat the egg with the golden syrup then add this mixture to the food processor and pulse until the mixture becomes clumpy. Tip the dough out and knead until it is smooth, before wrapping in cling film and chilling for around 15 minutes. Preheat your oven to 180°C then roll out your dough and cut into ginger bread men shapes with a cutter. Place your men on a baking tray lined with grease proof paper and pop in the oven for around 12-15 minutes, or until they are a light golden brown. Once baked, remove from the oven, allow to cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cool, decorate as you wish with icing and decorations.