Monday, 13 December 2010

Gingerbread Men/Woman



Gingerbread dates back to the 15th century, and figural biscuit-making was practiced in the 16th century.
The first documented instance of figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits appearing was in the court of Elizabeth I of Egland.She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the amazing likeness of some of her very important guests
Most gingerbread men share the same roughly humanoid shape, with stubby feet and no fingers.
Many gingerbread men have a face, though whether the features are indentations within the face itself or other candies stuck on with icing or chocolate varies from recipe to recipe.
Other decorations are common; hair, shirt cuffs, and shoes are sometimes applied, but by far the most popular decoration are shirt buttons, which are traditionally represented by gum drops, icing, or raisins.

Information thanks to Wiki
Every year in December I want to make Gingerbread Men/Woman but I never do something happens or I make something else and the reason for not making them just go on and on.
This year I promised myself I will make the for sure.
And as you can see i kept the promise to myself and made them.
Ok I made them and Shyama helped me to Decorate :-)
Yesterday when she went to college I send the whole lot of these cookies with her , ofcourse before packing them in a box, I took one and shared with three as I wanted to know how they tasted and they indeed taste really good.
I love the ginger taste in these cookies.
I made the mix for decorating the cookies after baking them.
Recipe is from Taste.com.au and you can find it here

Makes 20

Ingredients
Melted butter, to grease
125g butter, at room temperature
100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup
1 egg, separated
375g (2 1/2 cups) plain flour
1 tbs ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice ( I didn't have it but I had speculoos spice which I used )
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

Plain flour, to dust
150g (1 cup) pure icing sugar, sifted
8-10 drops red liquid food colouring ( Use any color you like and I used Wilton color so i just only had to add a little bit not so much as in theoriginal recipe)
8-10 drops green liquid food colouring
Smarties, to decorate

Method


Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease.

Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

Meanwhile, place egg white in a clean, dry bowl. Use an electric beater to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
Divide icing among 3 bowls. Cover 1 bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Add red colouring to 1 bowl and stir until combined.
Add green colouring to remaining bowl and stir until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.

Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a 9cm gingerbread man cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Place prepared icings in small plastic bags. Cut a small hole in a corner of each bag. Pipe icing over gingerbread men to decorate. Finish with Smarties.

44 comments:

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow looks so perfect n cute

indosungod said...

I like the cookie with the big tummy. Moms who bake for thier kids are the best :)

shifa firoz said...

Finla love the bikini ones heeheee.. :) your blog is getting sweeeeter dear :)

Priya Sreeram said...

they look so adorable-- very commendable effort !

Sanjeeta kk said...

Love the deco. on the cookies. Like the fat man and the lady with green swim suit :)

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

Verey nice! I just do not have the patience to decorate the biscuits :-)

Pavithra said...

That looks colorful and super cute Finla...

Umm Mymoonah said...

They look sooooooooo cute.

Laavanya said...

They look adorable.
My daughter has been wanting me to make these and we are going to this friday with a friend of hers.

Gloria said...

WOW Happy Cook your cookies are sooo cute and nice! Love the colours!!They are adorable! xx gloria

Tiy said...

Very nice! And thanks for the little history of the recipe!

MyKitchenDiary said...

They look great! Well done!

Danielle said...

Cute! I love making gingerbread cookies, mainly decorating them. They're so fun and cute!

Sumi said...

cute ones...

sra said...

Congrats on finally making them! They're cute.

Dellene said...

I love them they're so cute!

Dell :) xxoo

Aparna said...

Gosh they're absolutely cute. I'm sure Shyama's friends must be fighting over them! :)

Kitchen Boffin said...

Ginger bread looks perfect... nice decorations...

Angie's Recipes said...

Cool! A Christmas pair! Very festive.

Cham said...

Love the way u dressed up for winter those gingerbread men :) Is it sunny...My son loves those gingerbread and baked last week with him :)

Priya said...

Soo cute gingerbread men and woman, very pretty..

Soma said...

There is no Christmas without gingerbread. Really Cute ones Finla .. LOL a summery breeze in winter?

Swathi said...

Gingerbread men and women looks cute.cute bikini ....

RAKS KITCHEN said...

SO cute and great effort F,loved it very much! Looks like Christmas season has started here in ur space :)!!!

Ivy said...

Very cute, especially the sexy chick in the monokini :) You should have added two smarties instead of a necklace :)

LG said...

Loved those figurines HC.

Jayashree said...

they're so cute....

Jaya said...

Loved the decorations and they look so smartie :-)..
and even the word verification is saying "Allsigh" ..wish we can taste it :-D ..hugs and smiles

Akila said...

simply love it dear.


Learning-to-cook
Event: Dish Name Starts with D

Regards,
Akila

notyet100 said...

they look so cute with the icing,
will be glad if u send them for the jingle event on my blog..

s said...

oh my these are darn cute....love these festive cookies...

Talita said...

It's a classic! Your cookies look funny! Love it.

Lila said...

These are so dang cute. I love gingerbread cookies!
xoxo
Lila Ferraro

Juliana said...

So cute the gingerbread men/woman cookies :-)

Vibaas said...

they look so cute :) My kids want me to try this :)

Divya Kudua said...

OMG..they look so cute Finla,too good to be chomped down hehe!!

Helene said...

Oh my they are so cute.

Sophie said...

Oooh dear Finla!! You & your daughter did an outstanding job making & decorating these beauties!!

hahahaha,..they look stunning,..nearly to pretty to eat!

Apu said...

They look cute!!

Sireesha said...

Very Cute:)

Swapna said...

They are absolutely cute Finla :)...

lissie said...

I know, you both had fun making and decorating ginger bread... :) look cute and yummy!

Cakelaw said...

These are so cute HC! Glad you finally got a chance to make them.

Srivalli said...

wow they look so cute Finla..very very lovely!..you are so talented!