Home-made Gingerbread men

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Hey Honeybees!

Christmas baking time is upon us and I thought I'd bake some gingerbread men and show you how I made them.

What you'll need:


350g Plain flour, plus extra for rolling
1 egg
125g butter
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
175g light brown sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup

To decorate

Writing icing (whatever colours you like)
Smarties or M & M's

Makes 20 gingerbread men
30 minutes to 1 hour Preparation time
10 to 30 minutes cook time

How to make:

1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a food processor bowl. Add the butter (chopped) and blend until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Mix in the sugar at this point.

2. Gently beat an egg with the golden syrup and add to the food processor until the mixture clumps together.

Tip the dough out, knead until smooth, then wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill.

3. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

4. Roll the dough out to 0.5cm thickness on a floured surface,

Using cookie cutters, cut out the gingerbread men and place on a baking tray, leaving a gap between them as the mixture will spread and you'll end up with one giant gingerbread.

5. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until lightly golden-brown.

Leave on the tray for ten minutes and then move to a rack to finish cooling.

When cooled decorate with the writing icing and Smarties or any decorations you like.

I hope you enjoyed that and if you make them yourself send me a picture or pop one on instagram with the hash tag #honeybeechatter 

Thanks for reading
Merry Christmas. xx

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