Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Gingerbread Men (or Ladies....or anything)

This is a really great recipe for ginger-bread biscuits, they have a lovely rich flavour, and are not too gingery...(add more ginger if you want a stronger ginger flavour).
You Will Need
225g/8oz plain flour
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ginger-bread spice
½ tsp bicarb. of soda
75g/3oz butter
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp black treacle 55g /2oz soft light brown sugar
20g/1oz oz dark muscavado sugar
1 tbsp water
50g/2oz icing sugar (to decorate)

The oven should be set to 180°C/350°/gas 4, and two baking trays need to be greased. You will need a cooling wrack.
Sift together the flour, spices & bicarbonate of soda in a bowl. Place the butter, syrup, treacle, sugar & water in a saucepan over a low heat. Heat gently till the butter has melted & all the sugar dissolved. Cool for 5 minutes.
Pour syrup into the flour mixture and blend to a soft dough. Leave covered for 30 minutes before rolling out to about 3mm thick. Cut into shapes with a cutter and place on the baking trays. Bake for about 10 minutes till golden.
Mix the icing sugar with enough water to make a thick paste and decorate with a piping bag or cocktail stick.

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