Ahhh what a long day! I’d love to say my 1 year old has now learnt not to lick a bin but tomorrow is another day. How about some small people who stay where they’re put and don’t answer back? Of course it’s gingerbread 😍
Easy peasy gingerbread 😀
The greatest thing about gingerbread is that it’s a proper rainy day activity. You’ve got the mixing, rolling, cutting and shape making of the dough, and after a pretty quick baking time and relatively short cooling time you can get decorating. This could potentially occupy a toddler for hours as well as providing a much needed sugar fix for mammy!
We used a standard cutter from hobby craft (5″ apx) and got over 30 gingerbread people
350g plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
180g soft Brown sugar
2 large tablespoons golden syrup
Icing tubes, sweets etc to decorate
Preheat oven to 190c or gas mark 5 and grease 2/3 Baking trays or line with baking paper
Mix flour and ginger together. If your toddler is like mine they’ll already been shovelling this into their gob? It’s hilarious and horrific in equal parts as they end up with incredible dry mouth 👏
Rub in the butter until it’s nice and crumbly, then add the sugar. Commence further eating of mixture by toddler.
Next add your egg in. If the mix is a bit short (fally-aparty) add a small splash of water (remember we’re keeping it easy)
You should get a nice ball of dough now. Cover the workshop with a good sprinkle of flour and get rolling and cutting. You often see the term ‘roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness which is meaningless to me so a toddler finger width is just fine!
Pop the cut shapes onto the baking trays and cook for about 10 minutes until they’re golden and smelling lush.
Once cool crack on with the decorating. Obviously this is fab fun for the little ones but I don’t know a single grown that’s passing up an opportunity to draw ridiculous faces on gingerbread people. If your leaving this solely to the kids your stronger willed than me!
Then enjoy with a cuppa or a vino whatever you fancy!