This year I started a little bit earlier than usual for a couple of reasons:
- I actually had the energy to do it
- It was cooler on the weekend than I expect it to be for the next couple of weekends
- Our Thursday night craft group have plans of doing a 'communal' craft and decorating gingerbread people for the night this week.
The recipe I used will definitely be going into the Christmas Traditions Book (which I am going to be working on this week also). Here is a copy of the recipe I used:
125gm of butter
100gm of brown sugar
1/2 cup of golden syrup
1 egg, separated
2 1/2 cups of plain flour
1 tbs of ground ginger
- Preheat oven to 180°C and cover trays with baking paper.
- Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy.
- Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined.
- Stir in the flour and ginger.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc. Cover with gladwrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
- Once rested, place the dough onto a sheet of baking paper and roll out until approximately 4mm thick. Cut out gingerbread people using a cutter and place on trays roughly 3cm apart.
- Bake in the oven for 7 minutes or until brown (watch carefully as they burn VERY easily). Remove from the oven and transfer to a rack to cool.
The recipe is particularly good as it does not produce a 'strong' gingerbread flavour so it is perfect for the kids!
I will post a photo later in the week of the iced gingerbread people!