Wednesday, December 25

Christmas Gingerbread

First of all...MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
I hope you all have a smashing day stuffing yourselves full of turkey, singing carols and snuggling on the sofa watching the Queen's speech!

And my Christmas present to you all?

Well, it can't be 'My Gingerbread Journey's' first ever Christmas without gingerbread men could it?!



Ironically enough, I'm a ginger girl who simply adores munching on a gingerbread biscuit. It is perfect to dunk in a steaming cup of tea and when topped with a sweet swirl of icing, they are unbelievably irresistible!


I saw this photo on Pinterest which put me right into the Christmas spirit, a festive garland made out of gingerbread men. Of course, I couldn't help but procrastinate from my revision and give this a try!


One of the brilliant things about gingerbread is that everyone, regardless of age, loves being creative and decorating them in their own style. (The day before my friend Anna & I went a little bit crazy decorating with the icing, jelly tots and Smarties!)


To make your own festive gingerbread you will need:

- 350g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 125g butter, at room temperature
- 175g light, soft brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 6 tbsp golden syrup

(Depending on how many biscuits you would like to ice, around 1-200g of icing sugar and decorations of choice. For classic gingerbread men I usually go for silver pearl balls and Smarties.)


In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon and butter.






Mix together until it begins to resemble thick bread crumbs.


Stir in the golden syrup and the single egg.



And continue mixing until everything comes together into a soft dough.
Tip the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead for a minute or two until smooth.


Wrap the dough up in clingfilm and pop into the fridge for 20 minutes or so.


After twenty minutes, preheat the oven to 180C/160 fan and line two trays with baking parchment.
Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin before splitting the dough in two.
Roll out the first half of the dough to about 1cm thick and then, it's time to get creative with your cutters!




Slide these onto the baking trays, leaving a slight gap in between, and bake for 10 minutes until golden brown.
(Meanwhile, roll out and cut the second half of the dough in preparation.)

Remove these from the oven, leave for a minute, and then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.
(If you fancy making a gingerbread garland, use a skewer to punch two holes in each man whilst they are still warm before allowing to cool.)


After only about ten minutes or so, it is time to get decorating (gingerbread really is perfect to entertain impatient children!)


Anna gave me an incredible tip the other day, I'm amazed I've never thought of this before! If you are short of piping bags, just use sandwich bags and cut a tiny snippet off of a corner. (The perfect student saving tip!)


To make the icing sugar, add a good few tablespoons into a small bowl and add a drop or two of water.
(You need to icing to be quite thick if you want accurate icing.)


Spoon the icing into the sandwich bags and get decorating!
(I found the best way to do this was to pop the icing bag inside a small cup for support.)




After you have finished decorating, leave the icing to harden for twenty minutes or so.
If you are having a go at the garland, thread a piece of ribbon through both holes and connect the deliciously golden men together in a long line.



(You could even turn them into decorations for your tree!)






There you have it ladies and gentlemen, some simple and scrummy gingerbread for the most wonderful time of year.
Enjoy Christmas, it only comes around once in 365 days, so make the most of it!

Merry Christmas to you all, and to all, a good night! xx

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  1. Loving the tree decorations! I was thinking about making my own chocolate Christmas decorations, but this is so much easier and so much more Christmassy! xxxx

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    1. They are pretty good fun to make, only issue is that you easily eat them all... Doubt they would last that long on the tree!
      Emily xx
      My Ginger Bread Journey

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  2. What a lovely garland! You look stunning missy :)

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

    Katie <3

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    1. Aww thank you Katie! Hope you had a cracking Christmas! xx

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  3. Aww yummmyyy!!! Merry Christmas, you always have the best recipes! :)

    REAlity Bites

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  4. Oh wow Emily those look amazing!
    Haha gingerbread biscuits on gingerbread journey, too good.
    Hope you've had an amazing Christmas lovely.

    {Teffy's Perks} X

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    1. Haha I thought it was rude to not include them over Christmas, so I saved them for the best day possible! Likewise, hope you had an amazing day! xx

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  5. I LOVE GINGERBREAD, do you know what it's even better with???
    It's amazing dunked into chai latte, you need to promise you'll try it !
    Much christmas love
    lottie xxx
    Beauty and a Cookbook

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    1. How have I never dunked a gingerbread man in chai!? (I'm a bit of an addict to chai lattes), definitely giving that a go! Thanks for the heads up :) xx

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  6. These look lovely and I really like the idea of hanging them like that, although if I did that I would find them all half eaten by the kids one morning! ;)

    Cornelia - Ineffable Beauty

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    1. Thanks Cornelia! Only half gone?! I would say those are pretty good children to me! xx

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  7. Little ginger bread men on a chain?? Cuteness overload missy...I hope you stole some cheeky wee nibbles while no-one was watching
    x x x

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