Miss Two and I got in a little early with the first of the Christmas baking and took a plate of these gorgeous girls (she was very specific about their gender) to playgroup this week.
The piping work is a little ordinary I must say. To be honest I’m not the greatest at this in general, but it’s made all the more challenging with little two year old hands trying to hold the piping bag as well. They may all look a little bit miserable (it was just so hard getting smiley months on those tiny faces), but we had a blast making them. My one frustration was giving Miss Two free range with the cutters, out of the large piece of dough I would roll out for her she would only manage to cut four or five biscuits. I was itching to take over and show her how to use the dough more economically, but I think that would have taken all the fun out of it, don’t you?
The recipe we used was from the Jean Bowring Cookbook that both my mother and grandmother used as their cooking bible. My grandmother’s copy is even signed! It was very simple, but as I found out it’s best to check them after ten minutes (instead of the suggested 15), as mine were ready to come out of the oven then – my first batch went in the bin, too thin and too long in the oven meant they were beyond saving.
Gingerbread People (let’s be politically correct here shall we)
3 ounces butter or marg 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg 1 tablespoon golden syrup
1/4 teaspoon bicard soda dissolved in 1 teaspoon milk 2 cups pl flour
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
a little royal icing (?) crystallised sherries, or currants, orange peel
Cream butter and sugar.
Add beaten egg and golden syrup.
Add soda and milk.
Sift the flour and spices.
Stir into the mixture, making a rather dry dry dough.
Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth on ythe outside.
Roll the dough thinly aand cut out with special gingerbread man cutter.
Place on a greased biscuit tray and bake in a moderate oven for about 15 minutes.
Using small dabs of royal icing, attach cherries or currants to represent eyes on each gingerbread man.
Also for buttons down hois front.
Use a piece of orange rind for his mouth.
Out line his collar, cuffs, hairline and belt with royal icing, pressing it through a fine icing tube or a paper cone.