As many of you know, I volunteer for a wonderful charity, Solidarity Sports, and have been doing a 60 hour/10 week placement with them as part of one of my university modules. It has given me a unique opportunity to gain a new perspective into the runnings of a charity, seeking funding and so on. A couple of weeks ago, I emailed a variety of well-known places regarding a one-off trip for the kids to go to. WWT London were very kind in waiving their admission fee, and allowing the children to visit, have fun and learn about the different birds that live at the centre.
For the special occasion, I decided that I wanted to make something cute and special for the kids to enjoy, which led me to making…
Mary Berry’s Gingerbread Men
I have made gingerbread men before but using a different recipe, and so was eager to find out how the two compare. Overall, these were much less hassle to make; however, the mix was not smooth when just adding egg and syrup and so had to opt for several dashes of milk to make it bind properly, instead of crumbling – I found this too when making her Yorkshire Gingernuts. Nevertheless, it produced near on 40+ small gingerbread men and looked incredibly cute when decorated. Instead of using raisins for decoration, I went for writing icing and chocolate beans. The end result was wonderfully tasting gingerbread with a crunch – just how I like it!
- 350 g plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 100 g butter
- 175 g light muscovado sugar
- 4 tbsp golden syrup
- 1 large egg, beaten
- Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas mark 5. Line 3 baking trays with greaseproof paper/baking parchment.
- Add the flour, bicarb and ginger into a bowl and give it a mix. Rub in the butter with your fingers until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the sugar. Add the golden syrup and beat egg to form a smooth dough (you will probably need to add some milk here if you find the mix too dry). Knead lightly with your hands.
- Divide the dough in half and roll out the first half on a lightly floured surface. Ideally, you want the thickness of the dough to be about 5mm (1/4 in).
- Cut out the gingerbread men using a cutter and place them the prepared baking trays. Repeat with the remaining dough.
- Bake in the oven (top-shelf, one tray at a time) for about 10-12 mins until they become a slightly darker shade. Allow to cool in the tin for about a minute, then place on a wire rack to finish off.
- Decorate accordingly and enjoy!