Hey friends! Welcome back to Blogmas day 17! Today we are doing something a little bit different - I am showing you guys how to bake some Gingerbread Man with a recipe I found from BBC Food!


Before we start off, here's what you need: 

350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
125g/4½oz butter
175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
1 free-range egg

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For Icing:
1 and 1/2 table spoon Oat Milk (or any milk that suits you)
1 teaspoon Vanila Extract
1 cup Icing Sugar

I've linked (almost) everything that I've used but of course, you can buy it from any shops, any brand!




To prep the first part of your dry ingredients, sift your flour and bicarbonate of soda into a mixing bowl 


Next, add your butter and mix it either with a hand mixer or a spoon until it has the consistency of bread crumbs! It is easier to use a hand-held mixer but a little elbow grease does the job too. Make sure to pause at least once or twice to scrape down the bowl so everything gets incorporated nicely!


The last step of prepping your dry ingredients is to add your brown sugar into the mixture and mix it thoroughly. 



In a separate bowl, mix together your egg and the four tablespoons of golden syrup - combine well until a brown mixture is formed!


Then, pour the wet mixture into your mixture of dried ingredients and mix well to form a dough. I recommend you mix it initially with the mixer and switch to a spatula to fold and mould it into the dough!



Once the dough is formed, wrap it with some cling film and pop it into your fridge for at least 15 minutes! 


While the dough is resting in the fridge, prepare your icing by mixing the milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Mix well and don't be tempted to add more milk to loosen it until everything has been mixed together i.e: no more sugar left on the side. 


You can then transfer the icing sugar into a piping bag or a zip lock bag - a trick I've learned is to pop the bag into a mug and spoon the icing sugar mixture in. This way it not only falls down to the tip of the bag, it is also less messy!


Once your dough is done resting, roll it out on a well-floured surface. To make your clean up process easier, you can choose to line your work surface with some cling film!


To prepare your gingerbread man, you can either cut it with a knife or use these cookie cutters which I got from Wilko. I put them in a bowl to dust them with the flour to ensure they don't stick to the dough. 



And the fun begins - simply pop your cookie cutters onto your rolled out dough and cut away!


Once you are satisfied with your gingerbread men, pop them into a preheated oven of 180 deg, for about 7 minutes before checking them. Because we did ours quite thinly, the cookies were fully baked in 7-8 minutes whereas the original recipe called for it to be 12-15 minutes. Just keep an eye on your baked goodies to ensure they don't get too charred!


Once they are out of the oven, set them on a cooling rack or even a plate for at least 10 to 15 minutes for them to cool completely. This is to ensure that your icing sugar doesn't melt when you're decorating them. 




Once they are cooled, simply snip a small opening on your piping bag/corner of your ziplock bag and decorate away.


You can get as creative as you want with them and if you fancy, add a couple drops of food colouring into your icing sugar mixture and you can jazz your GBM up! 

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And there you have it! A quick and easy recipe for you to put together some delicious festive treat either for your movie night, christmas party or just a preparation for a fun activity for your friends and family! I hope that you've enjoyed this post and be sure to let me know or send me your pictures if you try this out!