Gooey Chewy Gingerbread Men (or Women, or any other gender!)

This is something a bit different from my normal posts, but as the decorations came down and the Christmas jumpers got put away, and the Christmas Wonderland in Nottingham’s Market Square got taken apart, I’m starting to miss the mulled-wine cosiness that comes with Christmas. I found the solution a couple of days ago when I was tasked to entertain two of my teenage nephews for a bit.

I love baking. The boys love eating. So, I enlisted their help (and bowl licking abilities) to make my signature gooey chewy gingerbread! (Which we later went a bit over the top decorating!)

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(By the way, how cute is my recipe book? It’s by Emma Bridgewater and is available here)

So, today I thought I’d share the recipe to help any fellow sufferers of CIOD (Christmas Is Over Disorder) ease their way back into daily life. They only take half a hour to make, and even less time to disappear!

You Will Need
– 350g plain sieved flour
– 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
– 2tsp ground ginger
– 115g butter (butter always works better than margarine for these)
– 175g soft, light brown sugar
– 4tbsp golden syrup (this isnt a recipe for dieters!)
– 1 egg, beaten

Got all of those? Okay, here we go.
1. Pre-heat your oven to 190 degrees. Lightly grease (or line) your baking tray.

2. Sift your flour, bicarb and ginger into a bowl.

3. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until it looks like coarse breadcrumbs (like a crumble topping)

4. Stir in your sugar

5. Beat the syrup into your egg. It should be completely combined, and it will make the beaten egg turn a dark golden/light brown colour. Stir this concoction into the flour mix. This will need elbow grease so if you have any bloke-types hanging over your shoulder, get them to do it! Make sure it is all combined and looks like a dough.

6. Knead the dough until it is smooth. Don’t worry about bashing it about a bit, it needs to be smooth for the next bit! Flour your hands if you want, the dough should be quite sticky.

7. Flour your rolling pin and your worktop, and roll the dough out to about 1/2cm thick. Stamp or cut out your shapes and pop them onto the baking tray. Its easiest to use a fish slice or cake slice for this so no bits drop off! Leave a bit of room between each shape, so in case they spread they don’t all weld together!

8. Pop them in the oven until they’re golden brown (it should take about 10 minutes, but keep checking them). Then, stick them on a wire rack to cool. Once they’re cooled, you can get busy decorating (this keeps any kids or nosy fellas busy for a while, and is actually a right laugh!)

Thats it! Easy, isnt it? It smells lush, and tastes even better. You’d never know they only took half a hour to make! And in true Blue Peter stylee – here’s one I made earlier!

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(I got a little sartorial and gave him a tie!)

Have fun, enjoy, and please don’t ask me how many calories are in them, because I don’t want to think about it!

Love always,
Pebblebee xoxo

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