I am obviously a member of the bake club at work! When my turn came to feed the hungry team I opted for Gingerbread Men. Everyone loves the nostalgia of a Gingerbread Man, and being from Grantham, where they have been producing Gingerbread since the early 1700’s, it seemed like the only option. This recipe makes 10-12 and is an update to my previous recipe.
- 350g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 125g butter (take it out of the fridge 15 mins before), plus extra for greesing
- 175g light soft brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 4 tbsp honey
- Writing icing
- Preheat oven to 180C (I have a new super hot oven, so set mine to 170C).
- Sift together the first four dry ingredients. Add the butter in cubes. Using your hands, crumble into the mix to produce breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.
- Lightly beat the egg and honey together, add to dry mix and mould until the mixture comes together into a shiney ball.
- Grease 2 x baking trays with butter.
- Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them (important as they will grow).
- Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- When cooled decorate with the writing icing and Smarties.
You can find out more about Grantham Gingerbread here: http://granthamgingerbread.com/