Monday, December 23, 2013

Gingerbreadman Video

Christmas is a time for gifting! It's so joyous to see loved ones and family members smile in happiness when receiving their presents. The gift need not be very big nor expensive, it's definitely the cliche "It's the thought that counts" So why not roll up your sleeves and make little gingerbreadman for everyone?

It's also normally a yearly break and each year I scratch my head, trying to recall how I did it the year before. So this year, we did a home video of the steps! Let this be a record that I can refer to yearly and this can be a little guide to others as well!

Gingerbreadman Recipe:
a. 455g plain flour
b. 2 tsp cinnamon

c. 2 tsp ground ginger
d. 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
e. 1 tsp sea salt
f. 1/2 tsp baking soda
g. 117g unsalted butter, room temp
h. 100g brown sugar
i. 50g fine grained white sugar
j. 150g molasses (I used dark molasses)
k. 2 small eggs, cold
l. 1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Combine ingredients a - f and sift.
2. Using the paddle attachment, cream butter, brown & white sugar on high speed until pale & fluffy.
3. Add molasses and cream for another 2 minutes.
4. On medium speed, beat in eggs and vanilla.
5. On low speed, add flour mixture until fully combined. Dough will be soft and mallable but not sticky nor crumbly.
6. Separate dough into 2 portions, cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. 

When ready to bake:
1. Preheat oven to 175g, fan mode.
2. Roll out 1 portion of the dough onto a floured tabletop. Use only a light layer of flour on the tabletop and try not to get it on the top surface of the dough. 
3. Cut out shape of your choice, peel shaped doughs from surface and place it onto a lined baking tray.
4. Bake for 13 minutes, turning the pan around 7min into the bake. 

5. Cool completely before icing it. 

Royal Icing Recipe:
2 Egg Whites
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cups icing sugar

Add lemon juice to egg white and beat slightly. With the mixer on high speed, add sugar 1 cup at a time. Beat until stiff peaks. 
If texture is too grainy or stiff, add a little water to thin it. If texture is too runny, add more icing sugar and beat further.
Cover and use quickly as it will dry up if exposed to air.
 Customise according your friends' name to put a big smile on their face!

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