the-gingerbreads

The Gingerbreads

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I wanted to name the post gingerbread biscuits because this is what I made. Then I saw how they looked in pictures; I thought The Gingerbreads is so much more appropriate. Bigger pictures with them are at the end of the post, make sure you meet them.

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Last year I’ve made Snowflake cookies with cinnamon and we both loved it. This year I’ve decided to make gingerbread biscuits, but with less ginger so my husband will like them too. He is not a fan of the taste of ginger. He liked these biscuits even more than I was hoping and I couldn’t be more happy about it.

Ingredients for 10 gingerbread biscuits:
– 350g plain white flour
– 175g demerara sugar
– 1 free-range egg
– 125g butter at room temperature
– 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
– 1 tsp ginger
– 4 tbsp golden syrup or honey
For decorations: different colours of fondant icing and icing sugar. You might also use edible glue.

Sift the flour with the bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon. Put the flour into the bowl of the food processor and add the butter cut in cubes. Blend until the flour looks like breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and pulse a couple of times. Beat the egg lightly with the golden syrup and pour it into the bowl. Mix until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out and knead briefly until it’s smooth. Wrap in clingfim and leave in the fridge to chill for 10-15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180C or 160C fan. Line three big baking trays with baking parchment. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Using the gingerman cutter, cut out the cookies. Remove the excess dough and transfer the biscuits on the baking tray. Be gentle so the biscuits keep their shape. Add a little more flour on the worktop if they are sticking to the worktop. With smaller cookie cutters is easier.

Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes. Leave them in the tray for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled completely, start decorating the biscuits. Make the designs you like and glue them to the biscuits with the edible glue or gently push them into place. This is nice for the family to do together. My husband and I had fun decorating this 5 biscuits together. I can imagine the kids will love doing this and it doesn’t take a lot of time.
Have the cutters ready and lots of icing sugar to sprinkle on the worktop or the fondant will stick. Use all the small cutters you have to create different shapes.

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This is Jamie, a Scottish warrior dressed in kilt with an ax on his hands. This is my husband’s creation. If you watch The Outlander, this will make more sense. It’s the only Gingerbread that has a name.

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Another creation by my husband. A proper gentleman with a nice tie and a shirt. He has white hair because we had no black fondant. For Christmas will have to buy more fondant in different colours. This is also why all of them have green eyes, we had no blue fondant.

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This Gingerlady is mine. I made for her some red stylish boots and a bow for her imaginary hair. The heart shaped print on her imaginary dress is lovely too.

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I wanted to make one of my ladies with glasses, as I have. I have to say that they look more like sunglasses, especially with that dress. Anyway, she has lovely big eyes (the smallest round cutter I have), lovely smile and a dress made with the tie cutter. It was hilarious to make her dress.

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The last one had a minor accident in the oven, she made a small slide on the baking paper and “bumped” her head. In case you are wondering, she is wearing a nice top with short sleeves and a detailed lace on the front. It paired it up with a pleated skirt and a red and white belt.

Linking up to Bake of the week.

Casa Costello

8 thoughts on “The Gingerbreads”

  1. These are fab Anca, sooo much fun. I love them all and that you gave Jamie a name :-) I bought a packet of coloured fondant (Dr Oekters) from the local supermarket and happily they were marked as being vegetarian, which can be a concern with food colours. There were 5 colours in the pack: black, blue, green, red and yellow.
    Angela x
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    1. Thank you for telling me. I got blue fondant and I found black veggie fondant at B&M. I will keep in mind that Dr.Oekter is vegetarian, it’s very good to know. x

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