Baking Gingerbread Men

Today we read 'The Gingerbread Man' story and then we made gingerbread men together. I rolled the gingerbread dough out onto a board once it was ready. My little boy then helped to press the cookie cutter into the dough to make the gingerbread man shape and pulled it out of the dough. I baked them in the oven for about ten minutes and then left them on the wire rack to cool. Now we have yummy gingerbread men for a lunch box treat this week. 



We used the Chelsea Sugar recipe. 


Ingredients

2 cups plain flour
½ tsp baking soda
1-2 Tbsp ground ginger (depending on taste)
1 cup (220g) firmly packed Chelsea Soft Brown Sugar or Chelsea Dark Cane Sugar
150g butter
1 egg, beaten
½ cup Chelsea Icing Sugar
Food colouring & lollies to decorate


Method 


1. Preheat oven to 180°C conventional bake (170°C fan-forced). Line two baking trays with baking paper. 

2. Place the flour, baking soda, ginger and sugar in a bowl or food processor. 

3. Add butter and rub in with fingertips or pulse in food processor until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. 



4. Add egg and stir or pulse to mix. If the dough is sticky, add a little more flour until it forms a workable dough. 

5. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
 
6. Roll out on a lightly floured surface or between two sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Cut out shapes using biscuit cutters and place on trays. 



7. Form leftover dough into a ball and re-roll and repeat cutting out until dough is used up. 

8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. 

9. Cool on a wire rack. 



10. Make icing by mixing a little water with the icing sugar, place in a resealable bag, snip off the corner and pipe decorations on to each biscuit. Use icing to attach lollies or currants.



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