Friday, 23 December 2011

GINGERBREAD MEN

Well I've been thinking of starting a blog about baking from quite some time now, but somehow or other never took the plunge. I've been following some awesome and super creative baking bloggers or BB and I thought what a great way to connect to other fellow novice or amateur bakers.
I know some people will say "simple" and "baking" these two words are world apart from each other. General consensus out there is THERE IS NOTHING SIMPLE ABOUT BAKING. But believe me guys baking is just that - simple. What baking requires is only one thing and that is "discipline". It simply requires you to follow the instructions and voila you've got yourself a superb dish.
On my blog I'am going to share with you recipes which are simple to make and good to taste. Since its almost Christmas lets start with one of my favorite cookies - Gingerbread men

Gingerbread men
Ingredients:
 3 cups (390 gms) all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 cup (113 gms) unsalted butter, room temperature
 1/2 cup (100 gms) caster sugar
1 large egg
2/3 cup (160 ml) honey

Butter cream frosting
Ingredients:

2 cups (230 gms)  icing sugar, sifted
1/2 cup (113 gms)  unsalted butter, room temperature
1tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 tbsp milk or cream

In a large bowl whisk together flour, salt, baking soda and spices. 
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and honey and beat until well combined. Gradually add the flour mix beating until well incorporated.
Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. 
Preheat oven to 177 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to a 1/4 th inch thickness and then cut out the cookies with a gingerbread men cookie cutter. 
Place on the prepared sheet and again refrigerate for appx 10 minutes (this will prevent the cookies from losing shape ).
Bake in oven for about 12-15 minutes. They are done when they are firm and the edges are just beginning to brown.
 Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Proceed to decorate.

Butter cream frosting:

Beat butter until smooth. Add vanilla essence and beat. Slowly add the icing sugar (beat on low speed). Add milk and beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Tint frosting with food colour if desired. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag and then decorate the gingerbread men.


Merry Christmas and enjoy making these simple cookies. 













































































































 

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