Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Halloween Half Term Gingerbread Horrors!

It's autumn and everyone has the flu bug...
Even this gingerbread skeleton went to the doctors - because he was feeling crumby!
It's half term and Halloween on Monday so somehow I had to keep the kids entertained! Gingerbread is fab for this as they can help with making the dough and the decorating part (and the eating part of course...)
350g Plain Flour
175g Light Brown Sugar
100g Butter
1 Egg
4 tbsp Golden Syrup
1 tsp Bicarbonate Soda
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Cinnamon
Mix the flour, ginger, cinnamon and bicarb of soda in a bowl.
Cut the butter up into small pieces and add in slowly, rubbing in with the flour. This should make a bread crumb consistency.
Add the syrup and egg into the mix.
Then add your sugar.
Knead the mixture until it forms a dough.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the pastry out. Don't roll it too thin! About half a cm thick will do.
Cut out your shapes with cutters. - If you don't have any, dont worry!
Draw a template on paper, cut it out, place it over your dough, and use a sharp knife to cut around it. (Parents must do this for small children)
Place your shapes on a lined baking tray.
Bake for 10 minutes if you like them slightly soft and chewy, or 15 minutes if you like them crunchy!
Then comes the fun part.. decorate!
Make up some icing (icing sugar, dash of milk, water) until the right consistency is formed.
Use this to stick your decorations on!
You can use anything from sugar strands, to chocolate drops, to raisins, to smarties!

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