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The Gingerman

Spud’s Own Gingerbread Men

gingerbread men

The Dry Ingredients:
  • 280g self-raising flour
  • 0.5 tsp ground ginger
  • 0.5 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • pinch of salt
The Not-So-Dry Ingredients:
  • 1 tblsp fresh root ginger, grated
  • 50g demerara sugar
  • 50g black strap molasses or treacle
  • 90g unsalted butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
The Steps:
  • Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and flour 2 large baking sheets
  • Sift the flour along with the other dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In another bowl, cream the butter or margarine and sugar using a wooden spoon or mixer.
  • Add the molasses and combine well.
  • Beat the egg lightly and then beat it into the sugar mixture.
  • Stir in the grated ginger.
  • Gradually fold the dry ingredients into the mixture. When fully incorporated, you should have a soft dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll to a thickness of about 0.25in.
  • Cut the gingerbread men (or other shapes) using a floured pastry cutter.
  • Carefully transfer the men to the prepared baking sheets (for this I used a palette knife).
  • If you like, you can decorate with raisins or nuts for eyes etc. or wait until afterwards and ice them or give them that coat of chocolate.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes. They’ll puff up a little and crack slightly, but they shouldn’t spread and should be faintly springy to the touch.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool.
The Results:
  • Makes about 25 x 4in tall gingerbread men