Gingerbread men

Miranda Gore Browne in her kitchen

Gingerbread men

Miranda Gore Browne - Gingerbread Men

Ingredients: makes about 16

75g unsalted butter,softened
150g soft light brown sugar
350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
4 tbsp golden syrup or honey
1 egg, beaten
2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
currants, raisins or Smarties®, to decorate

You will also need:

gingerbread man-shaped metal cutter

Method:
  • Cream the butter and the sugar. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger and stir well.
  • Measure the golden syrup or honey into a small microwaveable bowl and warm in the microwave until runny. Combine with the beaten egg, then add to the flour mixture and mix well.
  • Mix in the orange juice a little at a time until a dough forms.
  • Shape it into a flat disc, wrap tightly in cling film and chill for anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 days. If you like, the dough can be frozen at this point for future use. It will need about 3 hours to defrost at room temperature before you can roll it out.
  • Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Mark 4 and line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
  • Roll out the dough on a lightly flouredwork surface and stamp out gingerbread men. Place them on the prepared trays, spacing them at least 3cm apart, and chill for at least another 15 minutes.
  • Decorate the gingerbread men with currants, raisins or Smarties® before baking if you like an old-fashioned caramelised taste, or press them in as soon as the biscuits come out of the oven.
  • Alternatively, wait until the biscuits are completely cold and stick the decorations on with a tiny bit of melted chocolate or icing.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the biscuits are dry on top and slightly darker than when they went in the oven. Allow to cool on their trays for about 10 minutes, then use a palette knife to transfer them carefully to a wire rack. They will harden as they cool.

Recipe taken from 'Biscuit' by Miranda Gore Browne - published by Ebury Press, £14.99. Available to buy from Waterstones.

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