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Gingerbread People – A festive recipe and poem for you to enjoy

Posted by: The Maverick Kitchen | Posted on: December 8th, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Gingerbread Man’s Lament

by Ruth Donnelly

 

Dear Santa,

 

I write my Christmas letter

By the oven’s fiery glow.

’Cause I’ve got dreams and wishes,

Though I’m only made of dough.

 

I wish I had some cowboy boots,

And a pair of stonewashed jeans.

I know I’m just a cookie,

But my fashion sense is keen.

 

A leather jacket would be great,

Or, failing that, a sweater.

These candy buttons aren’t so cool–

A zipper suits me better.

 

I’d really love some Ray-Ban shades

To hide my raisin eyes.

And a purple wool fedora,

If they make them in my size.

 

So, thanks for listening, Santa.

I thought it worth a try.

But you’d really better hurry–

They’re finished with their pie!

Okay people, it’s Christmas – and a time for giving and sharing  -and receiving lol – (I would like a Kenwood slicer attachment for my KMix please Santa)

So, I would like to share with you all a favourite Christmas recipe of mine-  my Gingerbread People Biscuit recipe. 

Ingredients – Biscuits

  • 125g butter –  room temperature
  • 80g soft  brown sugar
  • 20g caster sugar
  • 125ml golden syrup
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 375g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt

 Ingredients – Royal Icing & decoration

Method

1.       Make the dough

  • Preheat oven to 180°C or 175° fan and line two baking trays with a sheet of greaseproof paper.
  • Beat butter, sugar and golden syrup with a wooden spoon or in a mixer using the paddle attachment.
  • Add egg yolk and beat again.
  • Lightly mix together the flour, spices, salt and bicarbonate soda in a bowl until they are a bit more evenly distributed  – use a dry whisk or fork for this.
  • Add the dry to the wet. If you are mixing by hand- fold in. If using a mixer use a slow setting.
  • Mix until the dough comes together – careful not to work the dough to much. Do not knead.
  • Wrap in clingfilm and leave in a cool(ish) place for half an hour to rest – not in the fridge.

2.       Make the biscuits

  • Lay a piece of clingfilm on your work surface and place the dough on it.  Lay another piece of clingfilm on top and roll the dough out between the two sheets.  This will stop it sticking AND avoid having to add any more flour to the dough – ensuring that your biscuits turn out perfecto every time!
  • Roll to around ¾ cm thick.  Remove the top sheet and cut out your gingerbread people!*
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes – checking after 10.  Remove when the edges start to go golden brown.
  • Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

*If you find that your dough has become a bit too soft, replace the top layer of clingfilm and place in the fridge for 10 minutes.

 3.       Make the icing

  • Put the egg white into a clean dry bowl and whisk until soft peaks form.
  • Add the icing sugar and whisk again until smooth.
  • At this stage you can split the icing into different bowls and add food colouring. This is obviously if you’re feeling creative and want to break away from the Smartie clad Gingerbread community!
  • Put into a piping bag with a No. 2 or 3 nozzle (I’ve got a PME No.2)

4.       Make the Gingerbread People

  • Give them eyes and a beaming smile.
  • Add as much or as little detail as you like.
  • Store in an airtight container – they will last for two weeks.

 

 

Maverick Christmas Hampers are available now – try something new this year!

Posted by: The Maverick Kitchen | Posted on: November 27th, 2011 | 0 Comments

We are producing a range of Christmas hampers and jute bags for the festive season which make ideal pressies.  Prices start at £8.99. Watch this space for more info.  Christmas Cake, Pudding, Mince Pies, Gingerbread Men and Ladies will also be making a guest appearance!   

Orders can be placed now for delivery or collection.  Please contact us via the website or give us a call for more details : )

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