Since our Uni days, it's become a tradition in our household to bake gingerbread men to
scoff straight away hang on our tree. It's a nice way to spend an afternoon together (or with the kids if you have any) and it brings in the Christmas spirit with the smell of cinnamon and cloves permeating our home. We always follow the same recipe - it's failsafe, it's Delia - and seeing as we put the tree up this weekend, it's definately time.
What you will need:
75g light brown sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp treacle
1 tbsp water
1 tsp cinnamon and ground ginger each
pinch of cloves
1/2 tsp bicarb
225g plain flour
Boil the sugar, syrup, treacle, water and spices all together in a saucepan. Stir it continually. Once it's boiling, remove from the heat and melt the butter into it with the bicarbonate of soda. Then, gradually stir in the flour. You can use more if your dough looks a bit sticky. Then let it cool.
Preheat the oven to 180C and start rolling your dough out. I like mine to be pretty thick so the shapes cut out are softer, but you could go thinner for a more crunchy finish. make sure each batch you do though are roughly the same so they all cook at the same rate. I use a skewer to create a hole in the top of each shape. This means that once it's cooked and cooled I can thread some ribbon through and hang it on the tree.
Bake for 10 - 15 minutes until they feel firm and
scoff them there and then let them cool before either decorating or hanging up plain.
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