I’m currently sitting surrounded by food. There’s food everywhere-mostly sweets and chocolates. The whole ‘eating for sport’ that we do over Christmas is fine and I love it as much as the next person. There’s few things in life as good as having a nice bowl of salt and vinegar crisps and a chocolate santa chaser for breakfast. However, if you have endless tubes of sweets and packets of chocolates that you’ll likely still be getting through come easter- MAKE GINGERBREAD.
I mean, what better way to use up sweet treats than just making more sweet treats? Also gingerbread is not just for Christmas and to be used as an Instragram post throughout December. It’s bloody delicious AND easy to make. Like, you can’t really go to wrong- apart from burn two feet like I did.
LEFTOVER CHRISTMAS SWEETS GINGERBREAD MEN ARE GO.
350g plain flour, 1tsp baking powder, 3 tsp ground ginger, 2 tsp ground cinnamon, 130g butter, 175g brown sugar, 1 egg, 4 or 5 big glugs of golden syrup.
Measure out your dry ingredients and sift the flour, baking powder, ginger and cinnamon together, mix them up a bit and put your butter in the microwave for 15 seconds, then add this too. Use a hand blender (or full on food processor if you’re that way in inclined) and mix it all up.
Keep mixing until it’s breadcrumby (technical baking term) and you’re done with the dry powdery bits. Crack your egg in a separate bowl, add in the syrup and beat together.
Once you’ve combined the egg-syrup mixture with the dough, kneed it all together and then take it in giant clump, wrap it up in some cling film and put it in the fridge. About ten minutes is enough time. Don’t leave it too long or it becomes too stiff to roll out properly.
Flour your work surface, roll out the dough to an even thickness (not more than 1cm if you can judge that accurately) and then cut the little fellas out- AND BAKE. About 12 minutes on 180 degrees, but keep them in a little longer until they feel harder in the middle if need be.
Decorating gingerbread is almost as good as eating them, at which point you won’t want to because you’ve spent all this time crafting them and creating hair and outfits out of icing. But the point is- ice them up and chuck allll those leftover sweets on top.