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Super easy gingerbread man recipe

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Ingredients

350 g Plain flour
175 g Light brown sugar
125 g Butter
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
4 tblspn Golden syrup
4 tsp Ginger
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 Egg

Super easy gingerbread man recipe

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    Super easy gingerbread man recipe

    This super easy gingerbread man recipe is a doddle to make. Decorating it is entirely optional and is not something I would normally bother with. Gingerbread pre-dates the practice of turning them into human and, indeed, other shapes.  The first mention of using figure shapes was in the court of Elizabeth the 1st. Obviously gingerbread is into more than men and women shapes, such as Christmas trees, stars or other seasonal variations. Decorating the gingerbread men and then hanging them as decorations from Christmas trees was very popular.

    You can definitely trade the light brown sugar for dark sugar. You can also half the syrup and make the difference with black treacle, or fully use black treacle!  It is pretty similar to parkin, without oats and salt!

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    Steps

    1
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    Sift the flour, cinnamon, ginger and bicarbonate of soda together into a bowl.

    2
    Done

    Add the butter and chop through with a rounded knife.
    Lift the butter and flour up with your hands and push the butter through, leaving it drop back down.
    Continue until it resembles breadcrumbs.

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    Stir the sugar through the mixture.

    4
    Done

    In a separate bowl, mix the golden syrup and egg together.
    Add to the previous mixture and stir until mixed thoroughly.

    5
    Done

    Scoop out onto a lightly dusted surface and knead until brought together.
    Roll into a ball and slightly squash.
    Wrap in greaseproof paper and put into the refrigerate for 20 minutes.

    6
    Done

    Preheat the oven.
    Line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper.

    7
    Done

    Take the dough from the fridge and roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 5mm in thickness.
    Using a shape cutter, cut as many shapes as you can and transfer to the baking trays.
    You can reroll the excess to make more.

    8
    Done
    14 minutes

    Put the trays into the oven and bake for about 14 minutes.
    Ovens vary, so start keeping an eye on them around the 12 minute mark!

    9
    Done

    Once golden brown, remove from the oven and leave for a few minutes to cool before moving them to a wire rack to completely cool.

    10
    Done

    When they are fully cool, you can decorate with icing, if you wish.
    If doing blocks of colour, ice the outline first, before flooding the centre with icing.

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