Festive Treats: Gingerbread Men

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Christmas is fast approaching and I can’t wait to get baking mountains of festive treats to keep us going over the holiday season!.

To me, Christmas is such a special time of year to be enjoyed with both family and friends and in my eyes,  baking is such a huge part of the whole season! You can create some beautiful treats to be enjoyed by all, as well as the traditional Christmas pud! Although the waist line will definitely not thank you for it come the New Year, but hey, who cares! That’s why we make New Years resolutions!

The 1st of December means only one thing, the return of the gingerbread men and no man is complete without his house! (Keep an eye out for my easy “how to” on how to make a festive gingerbread house!) 

Getting others involved in baking is all part of the fun and my boyfriend and I are big kids at heart! Flour fights in the kitchen, eating the M&M’s before they make it onto the gingerbread men themselves! Yes, Christmas is the only time you can act like a big kid and get away with it, so this weekend I took full advantage of that statement!

The recipe for these gingery men have been perfected over the years and is a known festive favourite! – Although personally, there is nothing better than a good cup of coffee and a ginger biscuit at any time of the year! But my favourite has to be gingerbread men with Mulled wine at Christmas .. When is it too early to start drinking that?

wpid-PhotoEditor-1417457949762.jpgIf you want to try making these delicious gingerbread men, check out the recipe below. They are so easy to make and a lot of fun, a really nice festive treat to be enjoyed by the whole family …

Ingredients:

  • 100g of butter or margarine
  • 255g of self-raising flour
  • 5ml/1tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
  • 5ml/1tsp of ground ginger (although I tend to add a little extra for a strong ginger taste!)
  • 100g caster sugar or brown sugar also works really well
  • 45ml / 3tbsp golden syrup – warmed (or 4 tbsp if mix is dry)

Method:

  1. Rub the butter into the flour, add the bicarbonate of soda and ginger.
  2. Stir in the sugar, then blend in the syrup and mix to stiff dough.
  3. Roll out the soft dough on a hard surface to a desired thickness. Then use a cutter to make the shape. You can even get creative and make your own gingerbread shapes!

Then it’s off to the oven to bake at 190 centigrade. Personally I love my gingerbread men more on the softer side so 10 minutes is amble of time, but if you would prefer yours with more of a crunch I would recommend an extra 5 or 10 minutes baking time!

And there you have it!

I enjoyed mine on Monday morning whilst putting up the office Christmas tree, sipping on a cup of tea and proudly rocking my Christmas jumper! Of course, this is all happening whilst Christmas tunes are playing softly  in the background! (Hmm .. may be not softly enough!) I can’t wait to try a few more Christmas bakes between now and the 25th December so watch this space!

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Christmas Eve will involve being back in the kitchen for round 2 of the gingerbread men and a beautiful winter wonderland house to go with them!

If you are in need of a little inspiration, there are a number of great templates available online for the house! Then you have to fun task of creating the perfect winter wonderland! I have made one every year for the past 2 years and they are so much fun to make. And the bigger the better in my eyes!

What are your favourite festive bakes?

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