Nothing screams Christmas like a gingerbread man. They’re a consistently charming and amusing thing to make (and eat) and although I can just about deal with not getting a stocking anymore, I would be heartbroken to have a Christmas without gingerbread.
These ones are not fancy. They’re not even symmetrical. For some reason our family G-man cutter has always had one leg longer than the other and I believe it just adds to their charm.
We’ve been making this same simple recipe since we were children. Back in the day, decorations were always just glacé cherries and currants. Occasionally some would be hung in the tree and forgotten about but they would still taste good long after Santa had been and gone.
In more recent years we’ve let our own kids have a go at decorating them which ends up being a bit more… elaborate. They like to add extra eyes and accidental genitals. But for me it will always just be currant eyes, cherry mouth and currant buttons. Simple and sweet. You can pop them into cellophane bags and give them away. Or take a tin of them to work to spread some gingerbread love. They’re charming and they’re easy. I’m not just saying that. They really are.
1/2 cup chopped butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup golden syrup
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 pinch salt
4 tablespoon cinnamon
4 cups plain flour
4 teaspoon ginger powder
Cream the butter and sugar
Beat in the eggs
Add golden syrup and mix well
Add dry ingredients and mix well
Roll into three large discs, wrap in cling film then pop in fridge for half an hour to get cold
Roll each disc out to 1/2 inch thickness and use your cutter to cut out the G -men
Place on a baking tray and decorate with whatever you like (joking – you must use glace cherries and currants!)
Bake in a moderate oven for 10 – 12 minutes
Merry Christmas everyone!