Gingerbread MenWednesday, December 16, 2015
It's been awhile since Ive shared a recipe here on the blog, so when Expedia challenged me to their 'World on a Plate' cooking challenge I thought it would be an awesome idea to kick start me baking again! The idea was to select a country and create a Christmas recipe inspired by their traditions, I chose Norway. I decided on Norway after reading about the tradition of Seven Sorts, which is were they prepare and bake seven different types of cookies for Christmas! I mean seven different yummy sugary treats that's just awesome if you ask me! One type is known as Pepperkaker otherwise known as Gingerbread, so I decided to make Gingerbread men inspired by the Norwegian Pepperkaker biscuits.
For this you will need:
350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
1 free-range egg
4 tbsp golden syrup
Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Then stir in the sugar.
Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven and roll out the dough out to 0.5cm thick (make sure not to have it too thick otherwise your gingerbread men will swell up and be big fat gingerbread blob men!)
Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing.
Serve with hot tea and a Christmas movie! Can you tell I love this time of year? :)