Christmas spirit was pretty high at our place! I went out shopping for a tree and a large sock and pretty red star! I must say at this point my Electrical & Electronics Engineering degree was of immense use!:D
I got a wire, bulb, bulb holder and I put it all together to make my star shine!!:D(Yes everybody knows engineering is really a useless degree).So during my shopping I spotted this place selling ginger bread cookies and it was a Light bulb moment! I decided to make this Christmas special and bake my own ginger bread cookies! The only issue was I didn’t really have time to get a ginger bread cookie cutter as the light bulb moment happened on 23 Dec. Anyhow I was not to be deterred and I decided to make assortments of cookies and a few freehand ginger bread men and women!
Believe me ginger bread baking and carving and decorating with the icing is so much fun that by the time I was done I was jumping up and down with excitement!!This is so going to become a tradition in this household!!You can make whatever shapes you like and decorate them however you want! I made a few hearts and a few faces and 3 ginger bread people. The best part is that they taste amazing!
There were a few frustrating moments as well especially when my gingerbread men broke their limbs etc(while carving).But for these cookies you have to refrigerate the batter at least for 1 hour. The other worry of mine was molasses or golden syrup which is not very easily available at stores here.(though since then I have been able to procure them from a far far away shop)That’s when I read on www.joyofbaking.com that golden syrup can be substituted with honey in almost the same measure!
So here goes the recipe!
For the cookie
2 ½ cups of flour
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoon mixed spices (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg)
2 table spoon of ground ginger or ginger paste
140 g butter
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup honey
1 egg yolk
For the icing
1 1/3 cups of icing sugar
1 egg white
Food coloring-red and green
- In a bowl mix Flour, bicarbonate of soda, spices and ginger together
- Using an electric mixture beat sugar and butter together.
- Add the honey and the egg yolk in the sugar-butter mixture and beat till well combined
- Add the flour mixture to the wet mix and beat at a low speed(Can also do it by hand)
- In case the batter seems tough you can add more honey in it.
- Divide the dough into half and roll between two parchment sheets using a pin(this can also be done by hand)Do not make it too thin ,cookies will be hard to cut otherwise
- Refrigerate the dough at least for 1 hour.
- The dough should be firm by then. Bring it out and carve your cookies out using a cookie cutter of freehand (freehand is more fun!)
- Bake for 10 min in a preheated oven at 165 degrees or till golden brown
- In the mean time combing the icing ingredients and divide it into half. Add a little red and green coloring to each portion (depending on the color you want) and pour it into icing bags.
- Once your cookies are at room temperature you can decorate them in the way you want.