Why Gingerbread Men
Gingerbread has always been one of my favourites. I think the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, by the Grimm Brothers may have helped a bit- a house made of bread, cake and candy, which child would not fall in love! The subtle spice of ground ginger, the sweetness and texture of molasses and brown sugar are just the thing for that afternoon treat.
Oh and also, I have these really cute cookie cutters and wanted an excuse to use them.
125g unsalted butter, softened
90g brown sugar
3 tablespoons molasses
1 egg, beaten
370g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground mix spice
Beat the butter, sugar and molasses till light and well mixed. Add the egg and mix. Fold in the flour and other dry ingredients.
The mixture should come together easily. If it is too wet, add a little more flour; if too dry add some more egg.
Form the dough into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180∞c.
Butter a baking tray and line with parchment paper. Roll out the dough to about 5 mm thick. Cut into your desired shapes and place on the tray.
Bake for about 10-15 minutes until slightly firm. Decorate as desired.
Makes 15-25 minutes.