Kids Recipe - Ginger Bread boys (and girls)
(05 Dec 2011)

Ginger Bread boys (and girls)

Ginger Bread boys (and girls)

Makes about 12 biscuits

350g plain flour
175g light soft brown sugar
100g butter
1 medium egg
4 Tbs of golden syrup
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1½ tsp of ground ginger

Ingredients for the icing:
186g (1 1/3 cups) pure icing sugar, sifted
1 large egg white or 20-30ml
1 to 1 1/2 Tbs water
Food colouring, optional

STEP 1: Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
STEP 2: Put the flour, butter, ground ginger and bicarbonate of soda in a mixing bowl.
STEP 3: Mix it all together with fingertips until crumbly.
STEP 4: Add sugar, syrup and egg and mix until it forms a firm pastry mix.
STEP 5: Using the rolling pin, roll out the pastry to about 5mm thick. Make sure the surface and the rolling pin is well dusted with flour.
STEP 6: Cut out the shapes with a knife and/or pastry cutter.
STEP 7:Place the cut out pastry on a greased or non-stick baking tray.
STEP 8: Place the baking trays in the pre-heated oven. And bake for 15 minutes (check after 10 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
STEP 9: Make the icing by combining the icing sugar, egg white and 1Tbs of water into a bowl, then beat with an electric mixture until smooth. Add more water if necessary, until the icing is a thick yet runny consistency.
STEP 10: Place the icing into small piping bags.
STEP 11: Decorate the ginger bread cookies with the icing by piping your desired pattern.

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