Gingerbread Men & Merry Christmas
We had our first snow in London 2 days ago! I was so excited when I saw the snow flakes dropping from the sky! Probably, I was as excited as the kids, couldn’t wait to get out of the house and catch the snow flakes as they dropped from the sky. The snow didn’t stay like it did in February, which was probably the thickest snow that I have ever seen in my life! Well, I could only enjoy it from inside for not more than 30 minutes. However, the Met Office has given warning that there will be heavy snow tomorrow. Would it be true?
Anyway, I can’t believe that we are just one week away from Christmas! I have bought all the Christmas presents and they are nicely wrapped; all packed in my suitcases and ready to travel with me to France! Yup, we are going to France for 10 days! I can’t wait… can’t wait to see Paris, indulge in nice food and wine again. Perhaps, I should also start thinking about losing some weight after that. So, I guess, it fits well to my 2010 resolutions!
2010.. does sound scary. Time passes so quickly that I sometimes have to think what I did in the past few months not to mention years! Well, I think food blogging wise, it is as enjoyable as when I first started. During this time, I am glad to have known some really cool food bloggers! I am thankful for the existence of the Internet!
Whenever festive season is near, I tend to think of festive food. Like last year, I have prepared something sweet to share with you all. This year, gingerbread men recipe is what came to my mind. I hope all of you will love this, it’s fun to make, not only for kids, but adult like me had thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of making these little cuties!! I am hoping to continue posting as soon as I am back from my vacation. I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy 2010!
For the tGingerbread Men :
25g butter, softened plus extra for greasing
100g brown sugar
125ml golden syrup
1 egg, separated
375g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp mixed spice
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
150g icing sugar
8-10 drops red food colouring
8-10 drops blue food colouring
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Brush 2 baking trays with melted butter to lightly grease.
2. Use an electric beater to beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
3. Meanwhile, place egg white in a clean, dry bowl. Use an electric beater to beat until soft peaks form. Gradually add icing sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Divide icing among 3 bowls. Cover 1 bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge. Add red colouring to 1 bowl and stir until combined. Add blue colouring to remaining bowl and stir until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.
4. Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Use a 9cm gingerbread man cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays about 3cm apart. Repeat with any excess dough.
5. Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.
Merry Christmas to you too. Hope you have a wonderful time in France. We will be expecting a snow storm coming Saturday which I am not looking forward to. I have yet to fnish my Christmas shopping yet 🙁
Thank you! Merry Christmas to you too. I am sure I will enjoy my time. 🙂
Snow storm??? I hope you will get your shopping done in time before the storm!!
Wow!!! It's realli great to have winter in Snow land compare to hot weather we have over here…. 🙁
Your gingerbread man is so stunning 🙂 We love it ……..
Well, it could look pretty but the biting cold is not pleasant.. nice to see but not like to feel.. heheheh
Thanks for your compliment! 🙂
Great pics and the gingerbread men looks really cute! Merry x'mas to you too!
Thanks!! Merry Christmas to you too.
Oh Lee Mei, they look absolutely adorable!!! Your decorating is so simple but pretty, and your photography truly brings out the festive mood. There are photographers and there are GOOD photographers, and you you definitely are a good photographer (and a cook)!
Thanks, Ju! I want to bring out the Christmas mood, hope I have achieved that.. eheh.. Thank you very very much for your kind words! I will keep it up! 🙂
Haha such wonderful photos! I went through your photo site too, they are wonderful 🙂
Thanks!! Merry Christmas to you. 🙂
these are too adorable! gorgeous pictures! wishing you a very merry christmas too!
Thank you! Have a wonderful christmas too!
aaaaaah… they look so happy… how did you bring yourself to eat them?
Ya.. they look really cute, hey.. 🙂
Joyuex Noel and enjoy holiday in France.
Nice gingerbread 🙂
Thanks! Joyeux Noel aussi!
These are gorgeous cookies! So festive! And, they are well-photographed! Love them absolutely!
Adorable! I love your photos… so mutch! We had snow here too yesterday, and tonight snow it's falling (a lot!). Will it be white tomorow morning? I hope.
I was very happy following your blog in 2009… and will follow you too in 2010 of course! I wish you a merry christmas!
Merci Dominique. Enchante de faire ta connaissance egalement. Dits moi s'il neige!
These are perfect! Oh I really really love your photos!
beautiful done your ginger man cookies!! btw,I received your package.thank you:)
Merry X'mas Lee Mei ! Hv a wonderful celebration with yr love ones.
Merry Christmas to you too!
Really cute and adorable gingerbread men! 🙂
Hmmmmmmmm, I think the taste was so good, nyam . . . nyam. . . Thanks for the recipe:D
Thanks for dropping by!
They look so cute! I was really excited too when i saw snow! Snow always makes me happy =)
Snow makes me happy to… everything looks so pretty covered in snow..
I have just packed my luggage with chocolates and preparing to visit my parents back in Singapore
I am sure you will have wonderful time with your parents! 🙂
They must have been the prettiest and most well-made gingerbread cookies I have seen. I made two attempts at gingerbread men this year but I failed, lol
Thanks for your compliment.. It was really fun making them… I am not great in baking… so failure is always the key to success! 😉
Your 'happy' gingerbread man is too cute to eat….
Merry Christmas and A very Happy New Year to you and family…
Your gingerbread men look so adorable! It has become my son's top pick after reading the Gingerbread man story book. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas to you too..
Lovely cookies !
And merry Christmas !
Thanks! Joyeux Noel!
Hi! Blog hopping and happen to bump into your blog. Love what I see here!!
Merry Christmas and Happy 2010. Enjoy your holidY.
Thanks for dropping by! Merry Christmas to you too.. and Happy 2010!
Thanks! I hope you will like the tea 😉
Beautiful!! I went to savory cookies this year, wish I made some ginger bread men as well… 🙂
Have a very Happy New Year!!
It was my first time making gingerbread men.. it was really fun! Happy 2010, may this year a great year for you!!