Monday, 27 December 2010

Glam Gingerbread

I hope everyone had a sparkly Christmas with lots of baking and making things. This year I made loads of gingerbread - some to hang on the tree like this snowflake with silver balls, edible glitter and baker's twine and also loads of DIY gifts wrapped in a cellophane bag and tied at the top like the one below. I also had a great time making tags (like the one above) with my new snowflake stamping set from Muji which I LOVE!

I tried a few different gingerbread recipes this year but here's my favorite...

6 cups plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup Trex, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 cup golden syrup
1/2 cup black treacle
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Note: This recipe uses American cups rather than weighing the ingredients - just use something that takes about 240 ml of liquid.

1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together the Trex, golden syrup, black treacle, brown sugar, water, egg, and vanilla until smooth. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients, until they are completely absorbed. Divide dough into three pieces, pat down to one and a half inch thickness, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for at least three hours.
3. Preheat oven to 175C (gas mark 4). On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to one quarter inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies one inch apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. When the cookies are done they will look dry, but still be soft to the touch. Remove from the baking sheet to cool on wire racks. When cool, the cookies can be decorated however you like - I would recommend the instant royal icing sugar that you get in supermarkets - much firmer if you want to stack your gingerbread without it sticking together.

Makes loads!

Adapted from the Channel 4 Kirstie & Phil's Perfect Xmas show - brilliant pre Xmas viewing this year.


Cupcakes ate my Soul said...

Hello! My name is Ellie Stuart and I am organising an All-Cupcake-Market with British Baker Magazine as part of National Cupcake week. We are looking to find a group of talented cupcakers to take part in this 1 day only event taking place next September between the 12-17. You would be required to run a small stall selling your cupcakes for a few hours to the great British public.

At the moment I am gathering commitments from cupcakers across London to get involved and would love for you to be a part of this event!

I look forward to hearing from you,



Cupcakes ate my Soul said...

My email is! x

April Carter said...

Awesome - just dropped you an email Ellie


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