Along with the samosas, me and Matt made gingerbread men yesterday! We tend to bake a lot when he comes down to visit, as it’s something we can do together that’s fun and free, not like going out for meals every night which can get really expensive – we decided to do gingerbread men as I really wanted to bake something Olympics themed, and we thought it would be fun to design our own team. They were quite easy, and you don’t even need cutters for them, I used a sharp knife and cut my own designs (see Usain Bolt’s signature lightning celebration arms) – they were so much fun to decorate, just get a bunch of ‘writing icing’ pens and go mad! Most of ours were Olympians, but we also made ‘ourselves’ and some zombie gingerbread men from the ones that fell apart by accident, and they looked and tasted awesome! My sister even had one, and she usually hates gingerbread, which is a really good sign!
450g of rice flour, plus extra for dusting
Two teaspoons of ground ginger
One teaspoon of mixed spice
Two teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda
115g of vegan margarine, plus extra for greasing
100g of golden syrup
115g of light muscovado sugar
One egg, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius, and grease two large baking trays
- Sift the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda into a large mixing bowl. Place the margarine, syrup and sugar into a saucepan over a low heat and stir until melted. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix in along with the egg – mix until it forms a stickyish dough.
- On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about 3mm thick, then cut out shapes for your gingerbread men with a sharp knife or cutter. Lay out on the baking trays and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let completely cool before icing with icing pens – do whatever patterns/people you fancy :)
Makes around 20
These are some pictures of me and Matt’s favourite ones close up: