Make a gingerbread family with the kids this season
As I grow older, I find more and more little people flooding the house at Christmas time. They also tend to hang out in the kitchen near all the delicious smells and generally get under the feet of the person in charge of the turkey roasting (that’s me). This Christmas, why not give the smaller people in your family the task of decorating their own little gingerbread family? They will spend hours getting covered in icing, eating all the decorations and having a ball while you quietly sip your wine and breathe in the smells of your delicious, turkey roast.
1. Start by putting your butter and sugar in a stand mixer with a whisk attachment. Beat the butter and sugar together until it is light, fluffy and creamy. This should take about 5 minutes.
2. Take the whisk attachment off the beater and put on the K beater (the attachment that helps fold in all the yummy goodness). Turn your beater onto a slow speed and add your honey and golden syrup. Once it is incorporated, add your dry ingredients. I sieve the whole lot into the mixer bowl, on top of the butter.
3. Once your dry ingredients are sieved in, turn the beater onto a slow speed and leave the dough to form. Your dough will be ready when it all comes together in a smooth ball.
4. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour or until it has firmed up.
5. Preheat your oven to 180ºC. Roll your dough out to about 7mm in thickness on a floured surface.
6. Using your gingerbread cutters, cut out your shapes until all the dough has been used up. Place the cut outs on a non stick baking tray. Leave approximately 3cm between gingerbread people.
7. Bake for approximately 7 minutes or until they are beautiful and golden. The smaller ones cook faster than the bigger ones so keep an eye on them! Best make a tray with all the little ones and bake them separately.
8. Once your cookies have baked, leave them to cool.
9. When it comes to decorating, there are many options. I chose to fill a piping bag with melted white chocolate disks and used little peppercorns for eyeballs just to add some spice!
Send us pics of your gingerbread families, folks. We want to see the little ones getting creative.