Time: 30 minutes + 10 minutes baking
Serves: approx 30 men
I would normally think of making ginger bread men at Christmas, but the kids quite like the shop bought Organix ones so during a quiet nap time recently Hannah and I made a batch. You can make it into a longer activity if you choose to decorate them. You can use shop bought coloured writing icing tubes to draw on faces, buttons and anything else you fancy.
350g (3 cups) plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
100g (1/2 cup) butter
175g (1 cup) light muscovado sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
1 large egg
Pre-heat the oven to 190C / 170C fan and prepare your baking trays
Get your toddler to line 3 baking sheets with greaseproof paper.
Add the ingredients to a bowl
Get your child to measure the flour into a bowl. While they are doing that add the bicarbonate of soda and ginger. Weigh the butter then chop it up into a few pieces before adding it to the flour.
Using your fingertips, rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. This is a step that Hannah always likes getting involved with as she gets to get her hands messy.
Get your child to measure the sugar then stir it into the flour mixture. Add the golden syrup.
Crack the egg into a separate bowl then add it to the flour (or if you’re feeling brave do it straight into your mixture).
Make the gingerbread men
Mix everything together until you have a smooth dough.
The recipe makes quite a lot so divide the dough in half then roll out one half on to a lightly floured work surface until its about 5mm thick.
Cut out your ginger bread men using a cutter or use any other shapes you have to hand – we tried a few different ones. Place them on your baking tray.
Gather up any scraps and roll out again. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Bake the gingerbread men
Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes until they become a slightly darker shade. Cool slightly then lift on to a wire rack to cool.
You can enjoy the ginger bread biscuits as they are or add some icing decorations. Hannah used wee ready made icing kits to pipe on eyes, mouths, buttons etc.