“A gingerbread man is a biscuit or cookie made of gingerbread, usually in the shape of a stylized human, although making other shapes, especially seasonal themes (Christmas, Halloween, Easter, etc.) and characters, are quite common as well. Gingerbread dates back to the 15th century, and figural biscuit-making was practiced in the 16th century. The first documented instance of figure-shaped gingerbread-biscuits appearing was in the court of Elizabeth I of England. She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guests.” (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gingerbread_man)
350 grams of plain flour
4 tablespoons of golden syrup
2 tablespoons of minced ginger
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of mixed spice (for lapis cake is acceptable)
125 grams of butter
175 grams of brown sugar (optional)
Others (Not in picture)
Gingerbread man cutter
Writing icing (royal icing)
Red and green permitted food colouring
Note that in this illustration, I did not add in any sugar as I want it to be just plain biscuits like the saltine biscuits. You can add in the sugar of the quantity that you prefer.
STEPS OF PREPARATION
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
Put all the dry ingredients (butter, ginger, flour, baking soda, minced ginger and mixed spice) and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Add in lightly beaten eggs and golden syrup. Continue to blend or pulse until the mixture sticks together become the dough. Take the dough out and roll into 0.5 thickness flat sheet.
Use the gingerbread man cutter to cut out the shapes and place on the baking tray and leaving some space between them. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the biscuits turn light brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes before moving to the wire rack for cooling. Let it cool completely before decorate the gingerbread man.
Get ready 9 tablespoons of royal icing (I bought the ready made icing) and divide into 3 portions. Add some red colouring to one portion and green colouring to another portion. Stir well and you should have 1 portion of white icing, 1 portion of green icing and 1 portion of red icing. Put the icing in three icing bag with either a pen writing nozzle or cut a small hole in front of the icing bag. Decorate the gingerbread man to your desired pattern. If the purchased icing is too dry (meaning hard to pump out), add a “DROP” or two of water to the icing before pumping. Store in an air tight container for up to 2-3 weeks.
For me, I love the taste of the biscuits. It is quite addictive though it is just plain biscuit with cinnamon and ginger aroma. Pumping of icing is my weakness and I am sure you can create much better looking gingerbread man than me ..May be it is time for you to get ready making some gingerbread man biscuits as your Christmas gifts. Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.
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10 thoughts on “Christmas 2013 Is Approaching……. Gingerbread Man Biscuits”
Love the icing. You’re so good with your hands. I can imagine what mine would look like if I attempt to do it. LOL!!!
I am sure you can do it too! It is not that difficult! Cheers
Kenneth these are very cute and love the idea of them protecting the train.
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Very cute and the decorations is very detailed! Thanks for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop!
They look great – very cute 🙂
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