Rainy Day Activity
Looking for something to do with the children on a rainy day. I find that gingerbread men making and decorating always goes down a treat.
- To make the Gingerbread men you will need
- 12 oz plain flower
- 41/2 oz butter
- 1 egg
- 6 oz soft brown sugar
- 4tbs golden syrup
- 2tsp ground ginger
- 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- Icing sugar and Sweeties to decorate
Before you start mixing up the ingredients grease up your baking trays.... If you have grease-proof paper I suggest you line the trays to prevent the gingerbread men sticking to the tray.
Beat the egg and golden syrup together in a bowl put to one side
In your mixing bowl add flour ginger, bicarbonate soda, cinnamon and butter - mix with your food mixer then add the sugar a bit at a time.
Add your egg and golden syrup mixture to other ingredients and mix together then with your hands kneed the mixture it should be a doughy consistency.
You can squeeze it all together wrap it in cling film and put it in the fringe for a few minutes this may make it easier to roll out
oh....Turn the oven on....180c
Then get your dough - put a sprinkling of flour on your work top to prevent the dough sticking to it. and then use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to about 1/2 cm thick. Use a cutter to cut out your men.
Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 mins
When cooled the fun of decorating starts
Make up icing sugar (icing sugar mixed with a few drops of water)
Stick on sweets to finish.
For those of us who have less time some of the main supermarkets stock gingerbread men with decorating kits....just for those of us with less time on our hands or for emergencies when our little men come out the oven a bit shriveled or burnt!
Alternatively if baking is not your thing @designedbysoriska sells wooden gingerbread men that children can color in, paint and decorate- for a healthier treat as no sugar included, a cleaner activity as no flour involved but still a great gingerbread man activity for children to enjoy
These wooden Gingerbread men are available to purchase HERE