Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Valentine's Day Gingerbread

I wanted to make something nice for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day but didn't know what to do. My first thought was cake, but to be honest we've both slightly gone off it at the moment (I know it's shocking). What does everybody love? (Well at least me...) GINGERBREAD!

I saw this cookie cutter a while back and bought it because I thought it was cute and knew it'd be useful for an occasion just like this. You could use something similar (or even the same - this one was from lakeland) or make traditional gingerbread men.

400g plain flour
2 tsp bicarb soda
2 tbsp water
150g brown sugar
4 tsp ground ginger
3 tsp ground mixed spice
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp black treacle
180g margarine

The first step is to preheat the oven and measure out all the ingredients. This recipe does make quite a lot, so I often halve this.
In a saucepan put the brown sugar, water, spices, syrup and treacle. Gently warm this while stirring constantly.
Once warm add the marg and mix until it's melted down. Then add the bicarb and flour and mix into a dough.
At this stage the dough will still be warm, so you need to transfer it from the pan and set aside until cool.
Once cool roll out on a floured surface and cut out your shapes. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet at 180C for around 6 - 7 minutes. Make sure you keep on eye on it as times may vary depending on your oven.

Once baked cool on a rack. They can be eaten as they are or decorated with coloured icing.

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