Thursday, 12 December 2013

Gingerbread Snowmen

In my festive short story, A Beginner's Guide To Christmas, Ruth has pretty major problems when it comes to baking a batch of gingerbread snowmen, but I have an easy recipe that even Ruth should be able to manage.


150g plain flour
1tsp ground ginger
75g butter
50g caster sugar
2tbsp golden syrup

Place the flour, ginger and butter in a bowl and rub until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

Add the caster sugar and golden syrup and mix together until you have a dough.

Wrap the dough in cling film and pop in the fridge for at least an hour. Go and put your feet up with a cup of tea. DO NOT use this time to do housework. It's against the rules, ok?

... at least an hour later

Pre-heat the oven to 170C

Take the dough out of the fridge and remove cling film (I have to point this out in case Ruth is reading). Knead lightly then roll out onto a floured surface.

Cut out your snowmen shapes (or whatever shape you want. It doesn't have to be snowmen. It doesn't even have to be Christmassy. They're your biscuits, you choose).

Place your snowmen (or other shapes) onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.

Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack.

If you're decorating (which you don't have to - your biscuits, your choice), allow the biscuits to cool completely first.

Baking gingerbread biscuits has become a tradition for my family, but we don't always decorate them the same way. Sometimes we make gingerbread men and cover them in coloured icing and add sprinkles but last year we made a mix of men and snowmen and decorated them with pre-made icing (the ones in the little tubes) and mini chocolate beans. This year I'm planning on making stained glass gingerbread men (before they go in the oven, cut a circle [or other shape, your biscuits etc] out of the tummies and place a boiled sweet in the hole. The sweets melt [or something] and fill the hole, setting again when they're out of the oven). I've never tried these before, so they may end up like Ruth's!

Last year's gingerbread men & snowmen

A Beginner's Guide to Christmas is available to download for free at smashwords, Barnes & Noble and iTunes and you can also add it to your Goodreads.
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