Friday, 9 December 2011

Choc-Gingerbread


We love yummy gingerbread men in our house, but I have never made our own. So yesterday we decided to give it a crack. We got everything ready only to realize I didn't have a 'man' cutter so we raided the playdough  box and improvised. I'm not so good at following recipes so used a basic one and tweaked it a little by adding some cocoa and m+m's, for something different. So good.

Ingredients
  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour
  • 1- 2 tsp ground ginger {depending how much kick you like}
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1-2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Plain flour, to dust
  • mini m+m's or other things for decorating 


Method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Brush baking trays with butter to lightly grease.

Use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and creamy. Add golden syrup and egg and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice, cocoa and bicarbonate of soda. Turn on to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth.


Press dough into a disc or three, cover in plastic and refrigerate for half an hour to rest.

Place dough between two sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 5mm thick.


Use a cutter to cut out shapes. Any will do. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with excess dough.



Press in mini m+m's or other decorations. {if there are any left!}




Bake in oven for 7-10 mins. Depending if you prefer a softer or firmer gingerbread. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.


They got a big tick from the kiddies. They had lots of fun making them and scoffed them all down. Think we might even attempt a gingerbread house just before Christmas! 

Happy weekend! 
What have you got planned?




Adapted recipe from here.

7 comments:

  1. These look divine! What a fun afternoon activity.

    You definitely need to make a gingerbread house. I did it for years pre-kids. Lots of fun.

    Lovely weekend planned - lunch with friends, seeing my parents and maybe some carols...!

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  2. Yum, thanks for the recipe, Little Bit and I will make these this weekend for sure!

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  3. Fabulous photos Jody. Sounds like a great recipe too :O)

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  4. i never thought of adding cocoa to gingerbread but it makes so much sense! these look delicious. xx

    ps. re your comment - absolutely no need to apologise, it's definitely that time of the year :-)

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  5. Your babies are SO cute Jody, love those pics of them baking :o)
    And these look YUMMO, I will be trying these ones out for sure... I love gingerbread! xo

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  6. Bebito LOVES gingerbread and we make our own often ... In fact, gingerbread is the very thing that brought Ms Tiny & Little and I into each other's lives! Thanks for blogging this recipe though cos he will love the chocolate variation and we are due to make gingerbread Christmas decorations as part of our advent calendar tasks this week! X

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  7. These look great, and your photos are lovely. Bookmarking for a rainy day twin-tastic activity.

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